Six people have drowned in Mpumalanga due to heavy flooding

By Drum Digital
11 March 2014

Six people have drowned in various parts of Mpumalanga due to heavy flooding.

Six people have drowned in various parts of Mpumalanga due to heavy flooding, police said on Tuesday.

A 12-year-old boy from Ermelo drowned on Monday, Mpumalanga diving unit spokesperson Captain Joey Potgieter said.

She suspected the boy might have been swimming in the area.

Two bodies were recovered at the weekend in Amersfoort and Hendrina. Both were men.

On Friday, three men aged 20, 30, and 46 drowned in Schoemansdal, Lydenburg, and Amersfoort.

A man who fell into the Crocodile River in Schagen, Nelspruit, around 21:00 on Friday while crossing a bridge was still missing, she said.

A 50-year-old man who drowned while crossing a river on Schoeman's farm in Badplaas on Monday was also still missing.

Two men were rescued in Hazyview and Siyabuswa, she said.

Meanwhile residents of Ngwathe in the Free State were urged to take precautionary measures as the Vaal River could overflow. Ngwathe municipality spokesperson Steve Nale told the SABC that an overflow was anticipated as dams were releasing more water into the river.

This was due to heavy rain and flooding in the area.

People in the area were urged to avoid swimming across the river.

Nale told SABC that residents should contact the municipality's fire and rescue department in cases of emergency.

-SAPA

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