ANALYSIS | With climate change causing severe weather, KZN floods may just be the beginning

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Part of Caversham Road in Pinetown, Durban was washed away on 12 April 2022 during widespread flooding across KwaZulu-Natal.
Part of Caversham Road in Pinetown, Durban was washed away on 12 April 2022 during widespread flooding across KwaZulu-Natal.
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While it is not yet known how much of the excessive rain and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal can be attributed to human-caused climate change, the extreme rainfall is consistent with a one in 50-year event, according to a climate scientist.

The eastern parts of the country experienced "exceptionally" heavy rainfall, which escalated into flooding events in KwaZulu-Natal.

The flooding and resulting damage have claimed the lives of more than 300 people. More than 200 schools have been damaged, along with other infrastructure and many more people have lost their homes.

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