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Winelands awash after 7-day deluge

South Africa
UNDER WATER: Colleen Klaasen, 11, of Arbeidsgenot farm in Vredendal walks through the flooded vineyards Pictures: ESA ALEXANDER

Story: Winelands awash after 7-day deluge last week - As floods hit, families lose everything in mad scramble for higher ground. Seven days of heavy rains lashed the Western Cape, claiming the life of one man and leaving 38,000 people in desperate need of blankets, food and shelter. The cold, severe weather caused traffic chaos, blocked roads, flooded homes and cut-off towns and farms, where food and supplies could only be flown in by helicopter. Boats were used to rescue communities surrounded by lakes of water. The damage to roads, bridges and buildings is expected to run into millions of rands, the final tally still to be determined once the waters subside.

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