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Durban Port is Now Functional After Flooding Shutdown

South Africa’s key port of Durban is functional again after operations were disrupted by deadly flooding last week. The port now has to deal with a backlog of between 8,000 and 9,000 shipping containers. South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan told reporters the pileup should be cleared in five to six days.

Gordhan said the initial problem was that debris, containers, and other equipment had been washed into the harbor by the floods. Most of these obstructions have now been cleared by dredging, and paths for trucks to enter the harbor have been cleared. The harbor is currently operating at 60%-100% capacity.

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