In pictures: Deadly floods wreak havoc in South Africa

See, This Is What Happens When You Let the Oceans Heat Up

The 2020 hurricane season was one of the most extreme on record. Between May and November, there were 30 named storms (the most ever recorded), and 14 of those reached hurricane level (the second-most ever). Cumulatively, all these storms caused hundreds of deaths and more than an estimated $40 billion of damage. Now, we can officially say climate change made them worse, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

The relationship between climate change and hurricane frequency isn’t yet well established, but this study adds to the pile of evidence suggesting climate change juices up existing storms.

Warmer ocean temperatures caused an average of 5% more total rainfall across all named storms in 2020 than would’ve happened without human-caused climate change, the research found. And that rain came down at a 10% faster rate. For hurricanes, the strongest of the named storms, those percentages were even higher: 8% and 11% respectively, according to the paper…READ ON

In pictures: Deadly floods wreak havoc in South Africa

Heavy rains and flooding battered the eastern coast of South Africa, killing hundreds of people while damaging homes and destroying roads.

Shipping containers are washed away in Durban on April 12. Rogan Ward/Reuters

The flooding hit the province of KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the coastal city of Durban. Roads cracked and gave way to deep fissures. A huge stack of shipping containers collapsed into muddy waters. A bridge was swept away, leaving people stranded on either side.

KwaZulu-Natal has experienced extreme rainfall since Monday. In a statement posted to Facebook, the provincial government called it “one of the worst weather storms in the history of our country.”

Teams have been working to evacuate areas that experienced “mudslides, flooding and structural collapses of buildings and roads,” Sipho Hlomuka, a member of the Executive Council for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, said on Twitter…READ ON

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