South Africa: Flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape 2022

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Flooded street and house in Eastern South Africa
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This collection assembles information about the meteorological and social causes of the 2022 floods, as well as strategies for recovery. South Africa experienced catastrophic floods and landslides in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape after exceptionally heavy rainfall. With more than 440 lives lost, an estimated 4,000 homes having been destroyed and road damage of at least R5.6-billion, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster.

The disaster underlines once again the increasing hazards posed by intense rainfall in a changing climate and the need for impact-based early warnings which reach everyone.

Township in South Africa. Soweto in Johannesburg.
Informal settlements around the world have the least developed infrastructure, yet they continue to come together to build their resilience to shocks and disasters.
Flood Resilience Portal
The extreme rainfall and floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal in April highlight the importance of the relationship between the government and residents. "If we had told you there was this major flood coming, what would you have done differently?”
Our burning planet - Daily Maverick
Flooded street and house in Eastern South Africa
South Africa experienced catastrophic floods and landslides in the eastern coast of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape (EC) following exceptionally heavy rainfall.
World Weather Attribution
A deluge of rain that has claimed hundreds of lives in South Africa shows why more preparedness for climate extremes is necessary, experts say
Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org
Many are still missing after this month’s floods. Extreme weather is becoming more frequent, and it can be devastating
Guardian, the (UK)
The South African government has declared a national state of emergency to deal with the impact of heavy rainfall and flooding in the province of KwaZulu-Natal last week. On 11 and 12 April, between 200 and 400 mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period.
World Meteorological Organization