Dam in Bela-Bela bursts its banks

A dam at the Thaba Monaté Game Lodge burst its banks which resulted in the town being flooded.

An aerial image from Twitter which claims to be of the flooding in Bela-Bela on 14 March 2014. Picture: @Francois_BPH

LIMPOPO - Emergency personnel have managed to rescue at least 145 people from flooding disasters across Limpopo.

The Limpopo Province has been one of the most severely affected following two weeks of heavy rain.

On Thursday, a dam at the Thaba Monaté Game Lodge in Bela-Bela burst its banks, sending water flowing into the streets of Bela-Bela and severely affecting the town.

ER24 paramedics managed to rescue 75 people from a farm that had been submerged in water.

The streets of Bela-Bela flooded after a dam burst its banks. Picture: via Twitter @Amshimmymadala

Meanwhile, another 70 people were airlifted from a hill in Lephalale after they were stranded when the Mogol River overflowed.

The South African Weather Service has not issued any flood warnings for Limpopo this weekend, but police and disaster management say they will remain on high alert.

Five children are now missing, after being swept away by heavy floods in Mogwase, North West province.

The province's Premier Thandi Modise is expected to visit the site.

The North West government says the children, whose ages have not yet been confirmed, disappeared in the township on Thursday.

At the same time two motorists whose vehicles were also swept away in the area on Thursday night were rescued by divers this morning.

They were found clutching onto a tree.

Meanwhile, three Mamelodi East boys are still missing.

The three Mamelodi children are feared to have drowned. They were last seen playing near a stormwater pipe on Monday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

It's been nearly a week since Neo Setlhabane, Gomolemo Mangena and Bonolo Malemela were swept away while playing in a storm tunnel.

But their families refuse to give up hope they will be found.


The City of Tshwane on Thursday blamed the persistent rain for multiple power failures reported in Pretoria.

Residents complained about widespread outages in the East and Northern parts of the capital, which have apparently been going on for hours.

A sub-station exploded in Soshanguve on Tuesday apparently while thieves were trying to steal cables.

The Tshwane municipality's Selby Bokaba says these issues are beyond their control.

"We issued a media alert on Tuesday and uploaded it onto our website. We've communicated some of the problems we've encountered. They are not problems that were caused by us but we react to those problems."

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As large parts of the country battle a possible flood crisis due to the relentless rain, a task team, including the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), is on standby and ready to aid flood victims.

Weather SA forecaster Edwin Thema says the downpours are not about to let up.

"We're still expecting widespread showers and thundershowers over the northern and eastern parts of the country. We're on the watch for floods expected in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the eastern parts of the North West."

The weather service says Gauteng has experienced four times more rain in the past 11 days than expected for the entire month.

The bad weather has wreaked havoc on the country's roads with potholes developing, traffic lights not working and several deaths reported.

Amount of rain per millimetre for the month of March.