MPUMALANGA – Two people have drowned in the flash floods in Mpumalanga.
NSRI officials at the scene have confirmed that both bodies have been recovered.
The deceased were a woman and a rescue worker, both of whom were swept away by floodwater in Frischgewaagd village near Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga, police said.
The incident happened amid occasional heavy rain that started in the early hours of Saturday morning, Mpumalanga police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi told the African News Agency (ANA).
He said that the woman drowned when the minibus taxi she was travelling in was caught in floodwater on the road.
“The second victim is a fire and rescue member who risked his life trying to save the woman and the taxi driver. Unfortunately he was also washed away by the floods immediately after he managed to save the driver of the taxi,” Hlathi said.