Almost 70 people have been killed in SA after torrential rains along the eastern coast, an official said on Thursday, and rescuers are still recovering bodies. KwaZulu-Natal, where most of the deaths occurred after the downpours led to flooding and mudslides, has heavy rain every year, but they rarely kill so many people in such a short space of time. The number of people killed was "approaching 70", Lennox Mabaso, a spokesperson for the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department, said by phone.

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