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Major storm causes chaos in Durban, South Africa

Footage has emerged of a container ship appearing to block Durban harbour's mouth during a storm.

South Africa's largest port was closed after a severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight deaths in the province.

The Durban Port manager Moshe Motlohi  said it was still too early to assess the extent or costs of damages to sub-Saharan Africa's largest port, which is a key transit point for commodities such as maize.

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A container ship blocks the harbour entrance in Durban, South Africa after high winds caused havoc.

"It's going to take a few days to access how much was involved in terms of cost," said Motlohi.

Motlohi could not estimate when the port would be opened again.

Three vessels were grounded, containers were blown into the bay and mooring lines were broken in the channel in the Port of Durban on Monday, the Transnet National Ports Authority said in a statement.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial officials confirmed that at least eight people had died as a result of the storm with further reports of missing people.

Submerged vehicles on a flooded road during stormy weather in Durban, South Africa.