Severe flooding hits Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga resulting in at least seven deaths.

A warning of “Flash floods”  was issued by The South African Weather Service on the 5th January in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng after further heavy rains caused flash floods.

The bodies of two men were found near Beitbridge. The bodies of three boys were also found having who drowned in ditches filled with water in the Giyani and Mankweng areas, and two people died in flash floods in Kwaggafontein.

Many people were rescued, including 6 people from flood waters in Limpopo by helicopters and two women and three young girls who were trapped by the rising river.

Police warned people to be extremely careful when crossing rivers or streams, whether by foot or in a vehicle and urged parents not to allow their children to swim in ditches or holes filled with rainwater.

This is the 2nd time flood waters have affected Limpopo since December 2016, when at least 25 houses collapsed following heavy rains.

 


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