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Heaviest Downpour in Six Decades Shuts Key South African Port

  • Operations at Durban Terminals were halted on Monday night
  • Two key highways that connect to the port have been affected
Toppled containers at a storage facility following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12.

Toppled containers at a storage facility following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12.

Photographer: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

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South Africa suspended shipping at its main port in Durban after the heaviest rains in more than six decades and resultant flooding damaged roads leading to the harbor.

Operations at Durban Terminals were suspended on Monday night, Transnet SOC Ltd. said in an emailed statement. The harbor is a key trade route for South Africa and its landlocked neighbors including Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.