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Boy (5) drowns while crossing flooded river in the Klein Karoo

The child, his father and nine-year-old sister were all swept away after the adult lost his footing.

FILE: While the parent survived there has been no sign of his daughter. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - A five-year-old boy has drowned while trying to cross a flooded river near De Rust in the Klein Karoo following heavy downpours

The child, his father and nine-year-old sister were all swept away after the adult lost his footing.

While the parent survived there has been no sign of his daughter.

Disaster Risk management's Hein Rust said, "I think the father slipped and all of them fell into the water. Eventually we managed to recover the body of the child."