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New Floods in Eastern South Africa Have Displaced More Than 300 People.

Heavy rains, flooding, and mudslides have forced more than 300 people to evacuate their homes in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal region, only weeks after severe flooding killed more than 400 people and displaced more than 40,000 more.

Since last Friday, the recent rains have mostly affected roads, dwellings, and energy infrastructure in the province's northern districts, according to provincial authorities and emergency services.

The province of KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the port city of Durban, is on high alert, with further rain expected in some areas.

According to Kwazulu-Natal provincial minister for local government Sipho Hlomuka, local officials have asked assistance from South Africa's national government as a result of the new emergency."We have yet to receive a full, comprehensive report on the impact of these recent extreme rains," Hlomuka continued, "but as reports come in, a grim picture is emerging."

They also asked for the South African National Defence Force to be sent to the area to help with disaster relief, he said.

Floods swamped KwaZulu-Natal last month, causing $1.5 billion in property damage, according to officials.

The settlements of Umlazi, Amanzimtoti, Umdloti, Isipingo, Tongaat, and Wentworth are among those most affected by the fresh water, having been severely destroyed by past flooding.

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