Two dead, two missing in severe weather

2012-08-09 06:52

Two people died and two others were reported missing as severe rain and snowfall resulted in rescue operations countrywide.

A homeless man in his 50s died yesterday from apparent hypothermia in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the man was found lying inside a box on Methven Road near the New Germany Nature Reserve. He was declared dead on the scene.

Eastern Cape police said a three-year-old Eastern Cape girl was killed in Bityi, near Mthatha, when the walls of her home crumbled after continuous rain.

Meanwhile, the search for a missing Kareedouw farmer was called off yesterday afternoon, Eastern Cape police said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the farmer and his wife in their car were swept off a low bridge by floodwaters.

The woman managed to climb out the window and hold onto a rock about 100m downstream. She was later rescued.

The search for a missing woman paramedic whose ambulance veered off a bridge into a river in Montagu was conducted earlier yesterday.

Rescue operations in KwaZulu-Natal had been successful as all 157 people were evacuated yesterday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said bulldozers would start clearing and opening roads today.

SA Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen said for today, “we don’t expect any rain over the country. Sunny weather and no alerts”.
Friday’s weather was also predicted to be sunny and warmer.

There was a cold front approaching Western Cape which would bring rain over the area, but fine weather was predicted for the rest of the country.

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