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Eastern Cape floods claim 8

2012-10-21 22:36

Port Elizabeth - Eight people, one of them a 5-year-old boy, have died in incidents related to heavy rainfall in the Eastern Cape, the provincial disaster management said on Sunday.

The toddler from Buffalo City fell into a stream on Sunday, said Captain John Fobian.

"His body was recovered an hour later near Duncan Village."

He said some people died while crossing streams and others when their vehicles were washed away.

On Saturday, three people died in Witteklip, Kleinskool and Coffee Bay.

Last week Wednesday, a police officer and two of his friends were travelling across the Cebula bridge when their car was washed away.

Their three bodies were recovered on Thursday.

Heavy rainfall was expected to continue in the area. 

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Comments
  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-10-22 00:07

    Tragic news! For some the rain is a blessing and for others tragic. My condolences to the bereaved families.

      fiston.mwanza - 2012-10-22 03:35

      Shame! Heavy rain always causes disaster throughout the world. Parents must teach their children how to protect themselves while raining. Flooding, thunder, electric shock kill people during rain. My heartfelt condoleances to the family!

  • tigza.mafu - 2012-10-22 04:14

    Its too much nw. I hev a family there and have lost 2 of ma relatives on thursday already.

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-22 05:30

      I am so sorry to hear that.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-22 18:08

      Tigza that is really tragic! My heartfelt symoathies go out to you and your family. The eastern Cape is always at the end of the queue when it comes to money needed for infrastructure like roads etc and people qualified enough to use it correctly. We need to look for hope here and all work together to rebuild this province. JZ only cares about the Zulus and his own connections and really hasn't a clue what is needed in this area. There are so many unemployed people right now with and without skills, let us build OUR Province up again by sharing what we have. Let people who can allocate the budget to things that create work and encourage entrepreneurs instead of wasting it on white elephants like parties and cars.

  • yaya188 - 2012-10-22 06:55

    Living amid the disaster as I do down here in Port Alfred, my heart goes out to eveyone, particularly the residents of the townships. There are no words to describe the scenes of destruction. I am off to see where I can help today, if the rain stays away for a few hours. I say this as the roads are impossible, some are not there anymore anyway. If anyone? has it to assist in anyway, it would be a bonus. We need blankets, food and anything really. PS. before anyone gets rude, and starts the same old 'government issue' understand this, tragedy is colour-blind. The elderly and children are most affected. I am happy to received contributions, or donations. My contact details are on facebook. (click my egg symbol and you will find it)

  • Lameez Lee - 2012-10-22 07:28

    this is a really sad story and i think we should all pray for the lives lost and also to hope that the rest of the eastern cape is safe....<3

  • sudwester.evony - 2012-10-22 09:03

    Lets blame it on APARTHEID!!!

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