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JOHANNESBURG, May 22 (Xinhua) -- South Africa is on high alert following heavy rains that hit KwaZulu-Natal province on Saturday night.

The country's Weather Service issued the highest red warning, saying major rainfall is expected and that flooding may ensue.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala called on the people living near river banks to be careful and evacuate if they see rivers rising.

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lungi Mtshali said the rains made the ground saturated following recent floods and the situation is "dire."

"In some parts of KwaZulu-Natal province, water levels on the roads and rivers have reached dangerously high levels and are projected to continue to rise as the severity of the rain is expected to diminish only on Monday," he said, adding that snow warnings have been issued for some parts of the province.

Mtshali urged people to remain indoors and do not try to cross flooded rivers.

KwaZulu-Natal province recently experienced heavy rains, which left more than 400 people dead, dozens missing, and infrastructure damaged.

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