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Eastern Cape floods: Death toll rises to 10

eastern cape floods transkei port st johns ngqeleniCounselling will be provided for the affected families.

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The torrential rain that brought about the Eastern Cape floods has claimed a total of 10 lives, including four children.

As reported by SABC News, heavy rainfall that hit the province since Monday, 22 April, has had devastating effects. Thousands of residents from places like Port Elizabeth and much of the Transkei region.

Eastern Cape floods: Relief efforts continue

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) had, on Tuesday, 23 April, been deployed to assist with relief efforts in Port St Johns, where as many as 300 residents were successfully evacuated from their homes.

Many of the victims fell to their death after attempting to cross the river in areas like eNgqeleni, eMbizana, Lusikisiki and KwaBhaca.

ReadEastern Cape floods: Three confirmed dead, more rainfall expected

Counselling to be provided for the affected

Two schoolchildren drowned attempting to swim, while a toddler fell in an abandoned pit and drowned.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro has since accepted responsibility of the death and vowed to assist the family with funeral arrangements.

The provincial department of education revealed that it would provide counselling for school pupils that have been affected by the floods.

ReadNelson Mandela Bay flood alert: Disaster Management Unit on standby

Eastern Cape weather forecast for the week of 29 April

Moreover, by the looks of it, parts of the province will still have to deal with persistent rainfall this week.

According to Ventusky’s readings, much of the province may be dry for the most part of Monday, but rainfall from the Western Cape is expected to bring brushes of wet weather on Tuesday and Friday.

ReadCape Town weather: Double boost as two days of rain forecast for this week

Street vendors and small businesses have felt the effects of the wet weather the most. Many have been forced to temporarily close their businesses and wait for the floods to dissipate.

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