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Five children ‘swept away by floods’

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A car is submerged by floodwater in Bela Bela after the town was flooded when the dam burst its banks. Picture: Theana Breugem/FOTO24 GAUTENG

Johannesburg -

As the country faces the possibility of yet another wet weekend, emergency personnel in two provinces are searching for five children who have been swept away by the floods.

Two children have been reported missing, this time in Mogwase, a township in North West, near Sun City.

This brings the number of children suspected to have drowned to five in the past week. Three children in Mamelodi East are still missing.

The two Mogwase children, whose names and ages are unknown at this stage, were reported missing after they were swept away by floods.

The Bojanala Platinum disaster management unit, the Moses Kotane municipality fire and emergency department, a search and rescue team, as well as police were at the scene this morning.

The municipality has seen a number of bridges flooded this week, with several cars trapped in rising water.

Some 500 pupils from Orbit College and the Holy Family School in Mabele-a-Podi village had to be rescued.

The SA Weather Service says there will be a one-day reprieve for Gauteng tomorrow with only 30 percent showers expected, but on Sunday there is a 60 percent chance of rain.

Meanwhile in Pretoria Bonolo Malemela, Gomolemo Magena and Neo Setlhabane are still missing after they disappeared on Monday while playing in a stormwater drain.

Despite search and rescue efforts yesterday by Tshwane emergency workers, the children have not been found.

In Limpopo, the Bela Bela Dam burst its banks last night, flooding the town.

The dam first burst last Friday, sweeping away an elderly couple. The body of the 74-year-old man was found, but police are still searching for his 69-year-old wife.

Besides death, the rains have caused other problems with Eskom forced to resort to load shedding on March 6, which it blamed on wet coal.

Although the parastatal says load shedding was restricted to a single day, hundreds of power outages have been reported around Joburg, with residents confused as to whether these were due to load shedding or normal outages.

The rains have brought chaos to the city streets and suburbs with numerous potholes appearing and traffic lights on the blink.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency has appointed contractors, but cannot start work until the rains have stopped.

anna.cox@inl.co.za

The Star


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