23 January 2013

South Africa: At Least 10 Dead in Limpopo Floods

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Johannesburg — At least 10 people have died in the Limpopo floods in the past week, it was reported on Wednesday.

Several districts in the north of Limpopo were still cut off from the outside world, Co-operative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs department spokeswoman Dieketseng Diale told Beeld.

SA Air Force and emergency service helicopters were being used to rescue people from some settlements.

Diale told the newspaper rescue services were searching for the bodies of two children in the Musina area, six people had died in the Vhembe district and four in the Mopani district.

Around 95 people has been rescued from the Kruger National Park. The Pontdrif, Platjan and Zanzibar border posts were still closed.

Limpopo emergency services have rescued more than 300 people from flooded areas since Tuesday.

Two local farmworkers, Pontdrif couple Xander Mokwena and his wife Sakhile Tlou, took shelter in a tree with their baby to escape from rising floodwaters.

They spent a day there before being rescued by a helicopter.

Their employer Saul Sematla said he had lost all his cattle and goats, and a consignment of vegetables which had been en route to market.

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