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In Durban, South Africa major floods struck on Tuesday March 11 2008.

At about 11:00 Tuesday night, something devastating happened. In the city of Durban, South Africa, there was a massive flood. Many people were hurt and much property was damaged.

The flooding was massive. The waters got up to 1.668 meters in some areas. It is quite easy to see that people would be getting hurt. People were even seen destroying walls of houses to help others escape! In the end, despite the efforts people made to save others, 60 people are lying dead right now (more dead are being found).

People were killed, but that isn’t the only thing gone. Much of the city was destroyed. “Two oil refineries, hospitals, courts, homes, shacks, railway lines, buildings and roads were affected by the overnight storm”, stated by “Durban Calculates Rain Damage”. From all that damage, the whole city would probably be crippled for years. Things like this turn the common word “flood” into “mega-disaster”. Floods are normal things, and it is unimaginable that they can take this much and delete it from the map.

These articles relate to geography because they are the effects of a river changing as it flows. Rivers start out in the mountains and flow down in a certain path. Then eventually spring rainwaters come and overflow the banks of the river. This particular flood will be much known because it has devastated Durban, but it is still just a common occurrence of one of the most common geographic features on the planet.

I think this was a truly devastating occurrence, but it could and should have been avoided. I think that if better walls were built, then the floodwaters would have been diverted. A more expensive alternative would be to dam the river before it reaches major cities, so the floodwaters could be controlled. Also, if the river were dammed, a few major cities would be able to convert to hydroelectric power instead of the dirty coal.