Boy Drowns in Flooding, South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province

Heavy rains have fallen in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa over the last week, with the resultant flooding closing numerous roads and causing at least one death.

On Wednesday 23 April, a five-year old boy died while trying to cross a flooded walkway at Duncan Village in East London in the Buffalo City metro. Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Marais said his body was found by passers-by that afternoon and that an inquest docket had been opened.

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Floods in Duncan Village where a young boy drowned. Photo: TDKay94

An estimated 48mm (1.9”) was expected in East London on Thursday 24 April.

Several cases of flooded roads were reported with the Cambridge subway being closed.

In Port Elizabeth the Third Avenue dip, Kleinskool Road and Veeplaas road were closed due to flooding.

Motorists were warned by Arrive Alive spokesperson, Tshepo Machaea to beware of falling rocks in Barkly Pass in the north of the province, as well as in the Kei Cuttings in its east. He said trees had fallen on the N2 national road between the Kei River Bridge and Mooiplaas.

Machaea warned rural communities not to cross low-level bridges due to flooding.

According to senior weather forecaster, Ezekiel Sebogo, the South African Weather Service has issued another weather warning for Saturday, stating that heavy rains are expected, especially near the coast, in the southern areas of the Western and Eastern Cape provinces.

Sources: Algo FM; SABC; News 24