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South Africa on Highest Alert Amid Heavy Rain in Flood-Hit Area

  • Coastal KwaZulu-Natal province suffered deadly floods in April
  • Government monitoring high-risk areas, assessing damage
Sports fields under water days after heavy rains in Durban in April.

Sports fields under water days after heavy rains in Durban in April.

Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

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South Africa’s government went on high alert as heavy rains battered parts of the eastern and coastal KwaZulu-Natal province that last month suffered the worst flooding in almost three decades during a severe storm. 

Some parts of the province were expected to receive more than 200 millimeters (7.9 inches) of rainfall over the weekend, according to the South African Weather Service, which issued its highest warning for disruptive rain in the region.