Search for missing Alexandra girl (3) reaches Hartbeespoort Dam
Emergency services called off the search on Saturday for the girl who was swept away by flash floods.
JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Emergency Services say the search for the three-year-old Alexandra girl who was swept away by flash floods this week has been called off for the day.
The search stretched all the way to the Hartebeesport Dam in the North West – with no luck.
The girl fell into the flood from a tree where her father had climbed with the rest of the family to seek to seek refuge.
Emergency service spokesperson Nana Radebe says they are nearing their targeted destination and are still hoping to find the girl.
“Unfortunately we have not found anything but we are hoping, on the stretch that is left, that something might come up. We are not giving as yet.”
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Earlier on Saturday rescuers discovered the body of a six-month pregnant woman along the N3, near the Jukskei River.
The woman’s car was found on Friday.
At the same time, the police have said they are also searching for a three-year-old boy.
Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela says it is unclear how many people are still missing, and has urged community members to report any missing family members while the search and rescue operation continues.
“We are continuing [the search]. Now we are next to Nigeria where we are trying to search for the body of a boy who was also missing since Wednesday, since the storm in Alexandra.”
MORE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED AROUND GAUTENG
The weather service’s Jan Vermeulen says Gauteng residents should prepare for widespread showers and thunder storm today.
“Except over the southern half, we expect 60 percent chance of showers and thundershowers. We also have, for today, a watch for severe thunderstorms that can bring damaging wins, heavy rain fall that leads to local flooding and large hail.”
Heavy floods rocked parts of the province this week causing damage to property and loss of lives.
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)