838 06.03.2014 A mentally-ill 25 year old Bheki Khumalo, who was rescued by the police diving unit at Sand river in Hazyview, after he had spent a night under the bridge due to heavy rains, receives medication. Picture: Itumeleng English

Polokwane - Seventy people were airlifted to safety from a hill in Lephalale, Limpopo, on Thursday, paramedics said.

“These Lephalale residents took refuge on a hill as water levels from the Mogol River overspill started rising steadily throughout the night,” ER24 spokeswoman Luyanda Majija said.

She said a rescue team was on its way to a flooded farm in the area where seven people were reported stranded.

Paramedics were working alongside the fire department, provincial emergency service and the SA Police Service.

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