The catastrophe in KwaZulu-Natal is severe, and horrifying news continues to emerge daily. In KZN, emergency services personnel have been working round the clock to rescue victims and recover bodies from the wreckage. The death toll from the floods has now grown to a horrifying 395. Angie Motshekga, the Basic Education Minister, says 18 learners and one educator are among the more than 200 persons who died in the KwaZulu Natal floods.
A fleet of cars and helicopters carrying police experts began combing through a valley in Marianhill, west of Durban, early Friday in search of 12 persons reported missing in the floods. Additional bodies are expected to be recovered.
It's been a harrowing week for thousands of flood victims. The South African Weather Service has now expected additional torrential rains for the area this weekend. This is one of the most difficult periods in history; even President Cyril Ramaphosa has been rendered immobile by the storm's impacts. Ramaphosa has urged faith-based communities to pray for the rebuilding efforts of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
The South African Funeral Practitioners Association (SAFPA) went on television earlier this week reporting that certain mortuaries are running out of storage space for deceased bodies. Is this nature's wrath? Is God incensed with His own? What is happening in KwaZulu-Natal is unprecedented and unfathomable!
Meanwhile, the administration is on the ground addressing immediate needs through relief and response measures. Team Human Settlements is committed to providing temporary housing for affected populations while their homes are repaired.
One thing I've learned from the floods in KZN is that life is a mirage. To me, toiling for the remainder of one's years and losing one's home in a single day is vanity. Certain individuals must begin at the beginning. This is only the beginning; terrible times in the land of the living are imminent.
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