S.African leader visits flood victims as death toll rises to 259
14 April 2022 | 5:21 am
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to help the victims of devastating east coast floods on Wednesday, as the death toll rose to 259 from heavy rains that washed out roads and disrupted shipping in one of Africa's busiest ports.
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