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Residents desperate to help in search for missing Diepsloot girl

The child was on her way home from school yesterday, when she was swept away by flash floods.

Diepsloot residents gathered at the scene where a six-year-old girl vanished after being swept away by flash floods. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of Diepsloot residents have gathered at the scene where six-year-old Angel Sibanda vanished after being swept away by flash floods.

The primary school pupil was on her way home yesterday and tried to cross a low lying area, when she was taken by the current.

Search and rescue operations resumed this morning.

The Emergency Management Service's aquatic rescue unit arrived on scene. Its divers will continue searching for the school girl.

A concerned Diepsloot resident says he's desperate to help where he can.

"If it is safe for us to help as a community, we'll go in and help. We are waiting for the rescue guys to need us."

The family of the six-year-old girl is at the scene, waiting for any news.

Yesterday, the girl's school bag was found in the area.

Three other children, who had also been caught in the flood, were saved by community members.

FAMILY OF ANGEL SIBANDA APPEAL FOR HELP

Sibanda's family has made a plea to the Diepsloot community to come forward with any information about her whereabouts.

An emotional prayer service was conducted by the community who are hoping for the safe return of the six-year-old girl.

Sibanda has been described by her family as a loving and sweet child.

Family representative, Lakheli Tshuma, says the family has been struggling to cope with her disappearance.

"All we have been told is that she was last seen leaving the school, but we don't know what happened after that."