Floods and storms kill 39 in rural South Africa

South African authorities say at least 39 people have died in flooding and thunderstorms in the eastern part of the country.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

Johannesburg: South African authorities say
at least 39 people have died in flooding and thunderstorms in
the eastern part of the country.

Provincial disaster management confirmed Friday that
26 people, including 4 children, have died as a result of
adverse weather conditions in the rural Eastern Cape province
since mid-December.

In neighbouring KwaZulu-Natal province, police say six
people drowned as a result of flooding last week, in addition
to seven people killed in a lightning strike there Sunday.

Disaster management spokesman John Fobian says
hundreds of people have been displaced across the country as
heavy rain has damaged property, marooned farms, and destroyed
crops.

He says that while the storms aren`t unusual, the
number of deaths this year is "particularly high".

PTI