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Flooding disaster – see map of all districts affected across South Africa

Flooding disaster – see map of all districts affected across South Africa
A resident attempts to cross the river at Pelem Road bridge in the Eastern Cape. More than 1,000 people have been displaced due to heavy flooding. (Photo: Tembile Sgqolana)

The government has declared a National State of Disaster to enable an “intensive, coordinated” response to the floods that have devastated parts of seven of South Africa’s nine provinces.

The Presidency said Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, the Northern Cape and North West had been affected by flooding, which was brought on by heavy rainfall as a result of the La Niña weather phenomenon.

Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape had been affected the most.

Last week, Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster in response to the electricity crisis at Eskom.

This map was updated on Thursday, 16 February, 2023. We shall continue updating it in days to come.


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  • Johan Buys says:

    This is biblical.

    First we had Zuma, then Western Cape ran out water, then Covid, then Dlamini Zuma response to Covid, then Putin, then the July insurrection, then interest rates, then Eskom stage 3.5 permanent and now floods.

    We just need Cholera and Locusts to round off the picture. Well actually we had those too

  • Glyn Morgan says:

    Good map. Please use it or similar for elections or local news. Thanks in advance DM.

  • Susan Winkler says:

    Although we cannot stop heavy rainfall, a nationwide drive towards clearing all drainages and blockages due to incorrect infrastructure placement and blockages from pollution would be an impressive attempt to reduce future flooding

  • Paul Caiger says:

    We can only hope and pray that that is what the colour of the map looks like after the 2024 elections .. How great would that be – a future without the current green ruling party . If its red , we are doomed.

  • Jane Crankshaw says:

    This is the perfect opportunity for the DA to score some points with visibility whilst assisting in the rescue efforts…. If The Gift of the Givers can do it, a political party that really cares for the people and future of this country can do it too! As sure as hell, the ANC and the EFF won’t be doing it!

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