Bodies of E/Cape schoolgirls found

2011-06-11 14:28

The bodies of two schoolgirls were found today following heavy rain and flooding in the Eastern Cape, police said.

The body of 20-year-old Ayakha Mliswa was found in the Cegcuwana river at 9.30am by a boy looking after cattle, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

Mliswa was last seen by fellow pupils yesterday morning as she was swept away by a strong stream of water at Ndenxe village in Butterworth.

A 14-year-old girl was also found dead by hunters at 7am.

Both her and her 13-year-old sister were swept away by the Ngobozi river while on their way to Dalukhanyo Senior Primary in Tholeni village.

The younger sister was still missing.

Three people in Lusikisiki and a 47-year-old in Keiskammahoek were also missing.

A provincial disaster management team was waiting for rivers to subside in order to search for bodies.

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