Death toll from South Africa floods nears 400

A general view of debris in Phoenix township following heavy rains, mudslides and winds in Durban, on April 13, 2022. Devastating floods killed 259 in the South African city of Durban and surrounding areas, a senior government official said on April 13, 2022, after hillsides were washed away, homes collapsed, and more people were still feared missing. The heaviest rains in 60 years pummelled Durban's municipality, known as eThekwini. According to an AFP tally, the storm is the deadliest on record in South Africa. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL )
A general view of debris in Phoenix township following heavy rains, mudslides and winds in Durban, on April 13, 2022. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL via CFP)

The number of fatalities following the KwaZulu-Natal floods has risen to 395, authorities said on Friday afternoon.

Search and rescue operations continue in the affected areas amid a disruption of services across the province.

So far, schools have been ordered shut and transport services largely impacted after roads and bridges were destroyed by the floods.

In a visit to the province on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged full government support to those affected.

Provincial authorities estimate that more than 40,000 people have been affected.