Woman still missing in flood-hit Limpopo

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Johannesburg -

An elderly woman who was swept away with her husband while swimming in Bela-Bela was still missing on Monday, Limpopo police said.

“Yes, she is still missing,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The two were swimming in an undercover swimming pool in the Kariba Lodge on Friday when the Bela-Bela dam overflowed and they were swept away.

A search ensued and the body of the 74-year-old man was found on Saturday. The search for the 69-year-old woman was continuing.

In Tshwane, flooding continued on Monday as rivers overflowed, said the city's emergency management service spokesman Johan Pieterse.

The areas affected were Centurion, Hammanskraal, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, and Ga-Rankuwa.

“The rains came down on us from early morning, and from time to time there are heavy downfalls,” said Pieterse.

“Rivers have overflowed and houses close by the rivers pose the risk of flooding.”

None of the areas had been evacuated.

“We are assisting the communities in need, and we try to assist where possible, otherwise we evacuate,” he said.

No people had been displaced in Tshwane since Monday morning.

On Sunday, 16 families were evacuated from the Monotomosetlha informal settlement near Coligny, in North West.

Displaced people were temporarily accommodated at churches,” the office of North West premier Thandi Modise said at the time.

On Monday, there was no update about the floods in the province.

The Gift of the Givers said in Johannesburg a warning had been issued by the city's disaster management for people to move away from the Jukskei River as it was on the verge of flooding.

Johannesburg's disaster management team could not be reached for comment. - Sapa



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