Not less than 59 people have lost their lives and roads damaged in South Africa after Heavy rains and floods have battered the eastern coast of the country.

Images from news agency showed that the effects of the rain also cracked the roads, dropped shipping containers from its normal position into muddy waters, after the floods hit the province of KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the coastal city of Durban.

The scenes where a bridge near Durban was swept away, leaving people stranded on either side was the most pathetic of all the scenes.

In a statement posted on Facebook, where death toll was recorded, it was revealed that KwaZulu-Natal has experienced extreme rainfall since Monday, in what the provincial government called “one of the worst weather storms in the history of our country”

“The heavy rainfall that has descended on our land over the past few days, has wreaked untold havoc and unleashed massive damage to lives and infrastructure,” it said.

On rescue activity so far in the area, evacuation has started in the areas where victims 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, confirmed on Twitter.

“The heavy rains have affected power lines in many municipalities with technical teams working around the clock to restore power,” Hlomuka said.