The death toll from floods in South Africa amounted to 85 people. These data, with reference to the National Center for combating the effects of natural disasters makes African edition BuaNews. Meanwhile, the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper gives information of the Ministry of Social Development of South Africa, according to which floods killed 123 people.
According to BuaNews, from the disaster affected more than 14,000 families in seven provinces. Total South African Republic is divided into nine provinces. Flood damage is estimated in billions of South African rand (hundreds of millions of dollars).
The cause of the disaster became torrential rains that began in December 2010. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, it is expected that the showers will continue for several weeks. In addition to South Africa, they also raised the neighboring countries — Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In addition to the African continent floods occur in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. According to experts, the rain is in the Atlantic climatic phenomenon El Niño. In particular, at the moment, and it is a question of its seasonal phase of La Niña.