The official death toll in rain-stricken KwaZulu-Natal has risen to at least 259 people as the bodies of those missing after Monday’s torrential rain are located and confirmed dead. News24 reports that provincial authorities had said the plan was to appraise President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet, so that he could communicate the official death toll while visiting affected communities on Wednesday but that this did not happen due to the constant increase in the death toll. “Every minute the number goes up, and it is better to get a consolidated number later … that will be communicated to the public,” said an official.