The death toll from the floods that have devastated the coastal region around South Africa’s port city of Durban has risen to more than 250, officials say. Earlier it was estimated that at least 59 people had died in KwaZulu-Natal province. Nomagugu Simelane, KwaZulu-Natal’s health minister, told South Africa’s eNCA broadcaster that 253 people had died. The Reuters news agency says provincial officials now put the figure at 259.