After a drought, considered to be the worst this century, South Africa has received a weekend of widespread, heavy rainfall.
GVs Flood water swirling over land (2 shots)
SVs Men crossing swollen river with rope (2 shots)
SV Trucks through flooded road
SVs & GVs Floodwater and stranded people and houses (5 shots)
GV Sea pounding at coastline
GVs & SVs Red Cross workers with supplies (2 shots)
GVs Water pouring through agricultural land (3 shots)
GV People watching flood water from bridge
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Background: After a drought, considered to be the worst this century, South Africa has received a weekend of widespread, heavy rainfall. The rain, which fell in fifty-five cities and towns throughout the country to a depth of six millimetres (less than half an inch) has been welcomed by water authorities and farmers. In Port Elizabeth, South African Civil Defence Forces have evacuated some 2,000 black residents from their houses in the low-lying roads and disrupting train services. While authorities report that further rainfall is needed to break the critical water shortage, agricultural experts say that the weekend downpour should halt further deterioration of sugar and wheat harvests. This year's drought has devastated the maize crop, South Africa's main farm export and staple food of thousands of blacks living in impoverished rural areas. A large number of children have been facing malnutrition and Pretoria has imported more than two million tonnes of maize in an effort to stave off the effects of the drought. The Red Cross say they have launched an appeal for food, warm clothing and money to aid victims. Although the authorities have welcomed the rain, it has posed a serious threat to the people of Soweto.