South Africa Floods Kill 39

Thousands of homes in neighboring Mozambique decimated
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2011 9:25 AM CST
Puddles of water drench the cricket field after overnight rain at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa, on Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(Newser) – Floods in South Africa have left 39 dead or missing after downpours this weekend followed heavy rains that began last month. The army is on standby to lead evacuations and “all disaster management structures in the country have been put on high alert,” authorities said. Farming officials expressed fears for the country’s soybean and sunflower harvest, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, 10 have died in neighboring Mozambique, where thousands of homes have been ruined.

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