2 children swept away in floods

2014-03-14 08:21

Two children have been swept away in the township of Mogwase, North West, after heavy rains, the provincial government has said.

“Two children, whose ages have not been confirmed, are reportedly missing after they were swept away by floods as a result of heavy rains experienced in Mogwase ... near Sun City outside Rustenburg,” spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

“The Bojanala Platinum Disaster Management, Moses Kotane Fire and Emergency, a search and rescue team and police are at the scene.”

Earlier yesterday, spokesperson for the Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Beauty Makganye, said heavy storms had led to overflooding on the bridges inside and outside the township.

Affected areas included a bridge in Mogwase Unit 1, Mabele-a-podi village, Ledig bridge and the bridge between Mogwase and Lerome village, passing the Manyane Gate Lodge.

Makganye said several cars were reportedly trapped in the water as a result of the storm.

Kgwele said relief efforts had been mobilised to assist 500 pupils residing at boarding residences at Orbit College and Holy Family School in Mabele-a-Podi village that was also affected by flooding.

“Premier Thandi Modise, who has expressed concerns about the missing children, is scheduled to visit the scenes on Friday morning,” he said.

Madibeng Local Municipality was also affected by floods. Six bridges were washed away with four washed away in Klipgat and one in Maboloka and Jericho.

“Flooding was also experienced in Letlhabile Block I and G due to a lack of storm water drainage. Roads in Segwaelane village, which were also flooded, were muddy and slippery,” said Kgwele.

At least 150 households in Segwaelane, Majakaneng, Mothutlung, Oukasie, Maboloka, Bapong, Letlhabile, Mmakau and Primendia in the municipality were affected by the floods last week.

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