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February 23, 1988

Flash floods roared through central South Africa, killing at least 12 people and leaving hundreds of others homeless. Up to 12 inches of rain soaked parts of Orange Free State province over the weekend, washing out roads, bursting dams and flooding huge stretches of farmland, authorities said. Military helicopters plucked 200 people from houses, trees, cars and areas inaccessible by road, the air force said.

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