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South African Floods

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Good grief, its not a good time for flooding is it?

* Eight of nine South African provinces hit by floods

* Farms hit hard, no damage reports yet available

* Thousands evacuated in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Flooding in South Africa has killed more than 100 people over the last month, saturating farms in the major food producer for the continent and leading the government to declare 33 municipalities disaster areas.

The government at the weekend said the death toll from the flooding had more than doubled from its previous estimate to over 100 people, with most of the fatalities coming from the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

"Without sounding alarmist, I would like to highlight the fact that we are in a race against time to respond to the humanitarian needs of those affected," Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said in a Web posting on Monday.

Preliminary assessments show about 424,150 hectares (1 million acres) of land have been affected but there has not been an estimate on the financial impact of the floods, the agriculture minster told lawmakers in Cape Town.

http://af.reuters.com/article/metalsNews/idAFLDE70N1HN20110124

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