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South Africa    South Africa   

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain. ― Google

President: Cyril Ramaphosa Trending

Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein

Dialing code: +27

Population: 59.31 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: South African rand

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Over the last 24 hours, southern South Africa, particularly the Eastern Cape Province, has experienced heavy rainfall that has resulted in severe flooding and river overflow. The Komani River, in particular, has caused significant damage, with evacuations and closures of bridges and roads.

As of 9 February, media reports indicate that approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated and several hospitals have been flooded. The affected area is centered around the Komani Town (formerly Queenstown), which is located in the central Eastern Cape Province.

The heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the next 24 hours, with the forecast calling for more heavy rainfall and locally very heavy rainfall over most of the already affected Province. This will likely result in further damage and disruptions to the area.

Given the current situation, local authorities and emergency services are working to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected residents. Evacuations are ongoing, and residents are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and avoid traveling in affected areas unless necessary.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Humanitarian Impact
  1,000
      Affected Persons
  999
        Displaced Persons

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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