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Reports: School girl swept away by flash floods in Diepsloot

It’s understood four children were trying to cross a low lying area during heavy downpours this afternoon.

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JOHANNESBURG - There are reports that a primary school girl has been swept away by flash floods in Diepsloot.

It's understood four children were trying to cross a low-lying area during heavy downpours this afternoon when they were pulled by the current.

Community members say they managed to save three of the children who have now been taken to the local police station for identification.

While emergency services are on scene, rescue operations have been delayed as divers are still en route.

An eyewitness says they've found the girl's school bag and the community is becoming increasingly agitated.

"We are waiting for the divers but they are taking too long to get there, which is a concern. The community is here their numbers and they will want to get into river to look for the child."

At the same time, The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is urging motorists to be extra cautious this afternoon as flash floods disrupt traffic in the Johannesburg CBD and parts of the south.

The weather service says heavy downpours are expected to continue until later this evening.