Bela Bela under water as dam bursts

2014-03-14 08:55

The town of Bela Bela in Limpopo and surrounding areas were flooded when a dam wall gave way.

“There is water all over Bela Bela, rescue efforts by the police and the municipality’s emergency services are under way,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi yesterday.

Helicopters were used to rescue residents from the area.

A nearby informal settlement was severely affected, but no injuries or deaths were reported, Mulaudzi said.

The dam overflowed last week sending waves of water into the streets and homes.

An elderly couple was washed away on Friday at the resort, Klein Kariba, outside Bela Bela when another dam gave way after the persistent rains of the past week.

They were swept away while swimming in an undercover pool.

The search for the 69-year-old woman is continuing. The body of her 74-year-old husband was found on Saturday.

Mulaudzi said the road between Bela Bela and Modimolle was filled with debris and was not suitable for use by motorists.

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