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South Africa’s Durban Port Resumes Operations After Flood

A view of shipping containers, which were washed away after heavy rains caused flooding, in Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South Africa’s Durban Port Resumes Operations After Flood

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April 13, 2022

JOHANNESBURG, April 13 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Transnet has begun a gradual resumption in operations at the minerals export hub of Durban port after flooding caused a 36-hour suspension, the Department of Public Enterprises said on Wednesday.

State-owned logistics company Transnet suspended shipping at the port on South Africa’s eastern coast from 1930 local time on Monday, saying heavy rains had damaged roads into the port.

“Shipping, which was suspended as a result of extensive debris caused by the adverse weather, is expected to resume once safety has been established for marine craft and vessel navigation,” the Department of Public Enterprises said, adding that terminals at Richards Bay are operating less efficiently.

At least 45 people have died as a consequence of heavy rains in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. 

(Reporting by Helen ReidEditing by David Goodman)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022.

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