Ten thousand soldiers join the search and rescue tasks after the floods

Ten thousand soldiers join the search and rescue tasks after the floods

The South African army announced that it will deploy 10,000 soldiers after the catastrophic floods that caused 443 deaths. Photo: AFP

The South African army announced on Monday that it will deploy 10,000 soldiers after the catastrophic floods that caused 443 deaths and left tens of thousands of people homeless, wreaking destruction on the country’s eastern coast.

“The South African Army has been ordered to activate 10,000 soldiers as part of Operation Chariot”reported the institution in a statement.

Meanwhile, they specified that the soldiers will intervene in the search and rescue of the victims, in the cleaning operations and the transportation of equipment and humanitarian aid.

According to the AFP agency, the balance of the authorities more than 4,000 houses were destroyed, 13,500 were damaged and there are still 63 people missing after the catastrophe.

The country was hit for a week by heavy rains that caused rivers to flood and land to slide.

Most of the victims are concentrated around Durban, a port city of 3.5 million people in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, which overlooks the Indian Ocean.



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