Five people die in S.African floods

AFP , Sunday 9 Jan 2022

At least five people, including a diver, have been killed in flash flooding from torrential heavy rains in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, a senior regional official said Sunday.

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File Photo: The weather bureau has warned of further floods. AFP

"We have experienced five fatalities already, that includes a police diver," Oscar Mabuyane, the Eastern Cape provincial premier told reporters Sunday while visiting affected areas.

Sudden rains pounded parts of the southern province including East London, on the Indian Ocean coast, on Saturday.

Within hours, low lying areas were severely flooded, a local government official told AFP.

Among the worst hit was Mdantsane, a sprawling township on the outskirts of East London.

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