Sat. Jan 25th, 2020

Eastern Cape floods: Three confirmed dead, more rainfall expected

eastern cape floods transkei port st johns ngqeleniRamaphosa is expected to visit affected areas in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

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A day after the Eastern Cape floods ravaged the province, three people have been confirmed dead.

As reported by SABC News, the Transkei region has been hit by deadly torrential rainfall, affecting areas like eNgqeleni, eMbizana, Lusikisiki, Qumbu and Port St Johns.

Eastern Cape floods: What’s the latest?

Current death toll

The first reported victim was a 12-year-old from KkwBhaca who was unfortunately swept away by the raging floods.

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Two more victims have since been confirmed dead. One of them was a 39-year-old woman from Labane village not too far away from Mbizana, while the other drowned trying to cross the Mdumbi River in eNgqeleni.

SANDF relief efforts

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) had, on Tuesday, been deployed to Port St Johns, where around 300 people were successfully evacuated from their homes.

“What SANDF will be doing, will be to assist with evacuation at this stage. Remember a few weeks ago, I think about six children died while crossing a river in and around Port St. Johns.

“And immediately upon hearing of that, the minister sent down a team of engineers to go and construct three pedestrian bridges, in and around Port St. Johns. So, the area is very close to the minister’s heart, like any other area affected by flood in and around South Africa,” the SANDF spokesperson, Joy Peter said.

Academic activity halted until further notice

Although weather conditions have been predicted to improve from Thursday, the Eastern Cape education department is not willing to take the risk.

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Thus, the province’s school governing bodies have been urged to suspend all academic activity until the conditions subside.

“For those schools that may have been adversely affected by the heavy downfalls that we have been experiencing over the past few days – the same weather conditions may continue for the rest of the week – the caution is to the effect that they must make sure that learners are not exposed to undue harm.

“We are still mourning the passing of six learners. It is imperative that our School Governing Bodies exercise extreme caution in an event where learners have to cross rivers. They make sure that learners are kept at home and are kept safe,” EC education department spokesperson, Loyiso Pulumani noted in a statement.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the province after he has concluded his assessment of the damage incurred by Durban due to the flash floods.

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