South Africa Deploys 10k Troops After Devastating Floods

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    The Facts

    • South Africa has activated its National Defence Force to support disaster relief for devastating flooding in the KwaZulu-Natal province. 10k troops will support clean-up, logistics, medical operations, rescue, and reconnaissance.

    • As of Mon., 440 people were confirmed dead with 63 missing in the rapidly-evolving disaster. 4k homes were destroyed and another 8k were damaged.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    There's no doubt the catastrophic floods are due to climate change. This disaster is sending a message that climate change is serious and it's here, right now.

    Narrative B

    It's impossible to attribute individual weather events occurring over short time frames to global warming - even if more extreme events are generally increasing over time.

    Narrative C

    This tragedy is a teachable moment. 90% of African cities don't have a substantial climate adaptation plan. Durban did release a Climate Action Plan in 2020, but unfortunately there's no evidence it's being implemented.

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