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The World : S. African Floods Kill 145

October 02, 1987

Devastating floods in South Africa's Natal province have killed 145 people, left 76 missing and damaged up to 50,000 homes, Dr. Willie Van Niekirk, minister of health, said. "I have no doubt this is the biggest natural disaster this country has ever encountered," he added as a five-day deluge abated, at least temporarily. At least 20,000 Zulu villagers are reported homeless, and water rationing is expected to be imposed in Durban. President Pieter W. Botha has declared the province a disaster area.

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