23 Jan 2011

70 perish in South Africa floods

3:10 pm on 23 January 2011

The death toll from South Africa's floods has continued to rise.

At least 70 people have died and more than 8000 families have been forced to leave their homes after weeks of heavy rains that began in December, the BBC reports.

Five other countries in the region, from Mozambique to Namibia, are experiencing flooding or are on alert for further inundation.

At least 10 people have died in floods in Mozambique and more than 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Some of the biggest rivers in the region, the Zambezi and the Okavango, are at about twice their normal levels.

South Africa has declared eight of its nine provinces disaster areas.