What is it with International Climate Jamborees and unseasonal weather? Two years ago Copenhagen got an early blast of wintry storms. Last year Cancun shivered in temperatures 9C below average. Now Durban gets flooded as the show gets underway.
According to the South Africa Weather Bureau, 2.5 inches of rain fell last night in Durban, which had already recorded 8.2 inches for November, almost double its average. It’s forecast to continue persisting it down all week. Awww, and I bet all the delegates had sun lotion with them rather than brollies… It’s almost like Nature has decided that climatologists and policy wonks won’t get any fun out of holding their conferences in exotic locations.
From The Mail and Guardian online:
A violent storm killed six people in Durban and Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night and destroyed scores of homes.
The extreme weather, which struck hours before the opening of the UN climate change conference in Durban, caused flooding and widespread damage.
Sunday night’s deaths brought the number of people killed by floods in KwaZulul-Natal to 11 in less than two weeks. Last week, five people died in the province due to heavy rains.
KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance department spokesperson Mthatheni Mabaso said seven people were killed in Umlazi and Clermont townships, south and west of the city, on Sunday night.
“We have been told they died when their houses collapsed. We have also been told that about 100 homes were flooded and damaged in Isipingo,” he said on Monday.
According to paramedics another man, aged 44, was found under the rubble of his house in Quarry Heights, Durban, early on Monday morning. The house collapsed on Sunday night, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.
Homes were also flooded in Durban’s affluent areas such as Umhlanga and Newlands.
“This shows that even the posh areas are not spared of the effects of climate change,” said Mabaso.