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Floodwaters cover farmland and destroy roads in South Africa

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Damaged roads caused by flooding on Jan. 19, in Hoedspruit, South Africa. People were plucked from the roofs of their submerged houses and others from trees where they'd been trapped after torrential rain in the Hoedspuit area in Limpopo, where up to 11 inches of rainfall was measured.

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Aerial view of a flooded area on Jan. 19 in Hoedspruit, South Africa.

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An aerial view of an overflowing dam wall in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Jan. 20. Hundreds of people have been made homeless by heavy flooding in South Africa and Mozambique according to officials. Heavy rain in a short period of time in this part of Southern Africa caused the floods prompting many to seek refuge on rooftops and in trees and an evacuation of the Kruger National Park, a game reserve in northern South Africa. Rescuers have used helicopters to save at least 150 people from submerged houses in the area.

Heavy rain in southeast Africa has caused serious flooding and damage in South Africa and Mozambique. About 20 foreign tourists had to be airlifted out of South Africa's Kruger National Park, which has been closed since flooding destroyed roads there, according to Reuters. In Mozambique, more than 5,000 have evacuated their homes and five deaths have been reported.