Two bodies still missing after flash flood in Weenen

2015-12-11 09:15
Pietermaritzburg police Search and Rescue Unit and the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit stand on the banks of the Umtshezi River next to the bakkie that was swept from the bridge during a flash flood on Tuesday night. The distance of the car from the river s

Pietermaritzburg police Search and Rescue Unit and the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit stand on the banks of the Umtshezi River next to the bakkie that was swept from the bridge during a flash flood on Tuesday night. The distance of the car from the river s (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Police are still searching for the two people who went missing in a flash flood in Weenen on Tuesday night.

A bakkie transporting six people back to Weenen on Tuesday night was swept from a low-level bridge by a raging flash flood.

KZN spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the driver of the bakkie, Dumisani Mhlongo, tried to cross the low level bridge that was in flood when it washed away, leaving one person dead and two missing.

The driver survived, and the body of 35-year-old Thulani Mhlongo was found by community members on Wednesday morning 20km away from the bakkie.

The bodies of Nyombenhle Mhize, 35, and Ntombi Mhlongo, 42, are still missing and police continued to search for them on Thursday.

Umtshezi Mayor Bongani Dlamini said the one dead and two missing all belonged to the same family and a funeral would be held for Thulani Mhlongo in Weenen this Sunday.

He said he had teams out since Tuesday night searching for the missing family members and had visited with the Mhlongo family on Thursday.

Dlamini said the area’s infrastructure had been severely damaged by the storm and a team had been sent out to work on fixing the roads and bridges that had been partially washed away during the flash flood. “There has been serious damage to infrastructure, especially to the bridges. We sent a team out as soon as we could to start repairs,” he said.

He said Umtshezi would also be assisting Weenen’s local municipality in fixing the roads.

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