Flood­wa­ter warn­ing as 2 swept away

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The South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion yes­ter­day called for com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion about the dan­gers of flood­wa­ter con­di­tions.

Sanco na­tional spokesper­son Jabu Mahlangu con­veyed con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of a 26-year-old woman and a fire and res­cue of­fi­cer who were swept away by flood­wa­ters at a bridge at Kwag­ga­fontein in Mpumalanga as the of­fi­cer tried to res­cue her from a trapped minibus taxi on Satur­day.

“We ap­peal to road users to ob­serve safe fol­low­ing dis­tances and drive with cau­tion as they ap­proach small bridges and other flood­ing ar­eas to avoid flood­ing, as the South African Weather Ser­vice pre­dicts more rain for the next three months. With more rain, in­ci­dents of drown­ing may also in­crease,” Mahlangu said.

Mo­torists driv­ing in flooded ar­eas should be aware that when the side of the body of a ve­hi­cle made contact with wa­ter, the force in­creased rapidly, while the wa­ter also acted on the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle and could sweep the ve­hi­cle away. – ANA

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