Flash flood: Search for missing girl intensifies

2016-11-13 20:49
Shadrack and Cythia Chauke, parents of the girl who disappeared during the flash floods in Setshwetla in Alexandra. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Shadrack and Cythia Chauke, parents of the girl who disappeared during the flash floods in Setshwetla in Alexandra. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - The search for the missing girl swept away by the flash floods on Wednesday has intensified, the Johannesburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said on Sunday. 

"We have intensified the team and we are hoping that the second time around something will come up," EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe said.

Radebe said they made a decision on Saturday to restart the operation from Alexandra. 

The search operation had stopped at Waterfall Estate on Sunday afternoon, with no sign yet of three-year-old Everite Chauke. 

Everite, her father Shadrick and her mother were in their shack on Wednesday afternoon when the deluge struck.

When water began filling their home near the Jukskei River, they climbed a tree.

Richard Makondo, speaking on behalf of the family, said the father held on to his daughter. The mother was on another branch.

"The branch broke and the child fell into the water. He tried for dear life to try and rescue his child, but she disappeared into the water," Makondo said.

He jumped into the water, but was forced to swim back without her.

"When he swam back to the tree where his wife was, he thought she was missing too," Makondo said.

She was, however, still holding on.

Radebe said the search would continue on Monday.

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