Limpopo floods: Eight dead, 900 moved to safety

2013-01-22 00:00

THREE people died yesterday when the car they were travelling in was dragged under by flood waters on the road between Musina and Pontdrift.

Heavy flooding in the Mapungubwe, Weipe and Alldays areas in the north of Limpopo resulted in five children drowning at the weekend.

Large parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are flooded after very heavy rainfall on Sunday.

The Kruger Park has closed several camps and roads.

Continuing rain yesterday hampered efforts to rescue people trapped on farms and villages next to the flooded Limpopo River.

Some of them climbed on their roofs and on hills when the river burst its banks on Sunday night.

The police and air force had already rescued more than 900 people in Limpopo, said Captain Dennis Adriao of the national disaster management centre.

Among the people rescued are 32 soldiers and three trained dogs that were manning control points on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Flood debris had flattened the fences in places.

Adriao warned people in the Pontdrift area and in Mozambique to expect more floods.

David Evans, of Mashatu Lodge at the confluence of the Sashe, Motloutse and Limpopo rivers in Botswana, said the water was higher than the record floods of 2000. He said the Limpopo was flowing two kilometres wide at Pontdrift on Sunday.

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