Body found floating in floods

2011-01-05 11:11

A man’s body was found floating in the Ladysmith floods, the municipality there said today.

“One person was found in the water dead. He must have drowned. He was found around 3pm yesterday [Tuesday],” said Ladysmith deputy mayor Fana Madlala.

Yesterday about 50 houses were flooded and the central business district brought to a standstill.

One of the two main roads, close to the Klip River, was flooded. Businesses next to the road were badly affected because of the floods and some were closed.

In the rural parts of Ladysmith, in Roosboom and Driefontein, about 50 houses were flooded.

The people of Driefontein had to be housed in a community hall.

Madlala said it was still raining in Ladysmith today but the situation was improving.

“It’s better today [Wednesday] although we have water, the situation is better. No injuries were reported as well,” said Fana.

He said the main road had been opened but the taxi rank was still closed after Tuesday’s flooding.

“There were reports that we could experience more problems with traffic around 1pm. We will try to keep the situation under control.”

Osman Amla, a computer shop owner in the Ladysmith central business district, said they had been very inconvenienced.

“From a business angle we had a lost because people could not come into our shops because of the water in the streets. Things have improved today [Wednesday],” said Amla.

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