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Flowers and crosses placed on the debris after the house of a school carer was destroyed by a mudslide killing 8 people south of Durban in South Africa Flowers and crosses placed on the debris after the house of a school carer was destroyed by a mudslide killing 8 people south of Durban in South Africa  (AFP or licensors)

Pope prays for victims of South Africa floods

Pope Francis asks the faithful to join him in praying for the victims of floods in South Africa.

By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for “those who have lost their lives or suffered serious damage as a result of the recent floods in South Africa”.

He was addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Regina Coeli prayer.

“May these brothers and sisters of ours not lack our solidarity as well as the concrete support of the international community” he said.

The most deadly floods ever in the area

Seventy people reportedly died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa's southeast.

The flooding began on Monday after heavy rain caused mudslides in several towns in Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal.

Authorities warned that there could be more rains in the coming days.

Makeshift shelters and food are being provided for those displaced from their homes in the aftermath of the flooding.

State-owned broadcaster SABC puts the number of those displaced at over 1000.

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28 April 2019, 13:01