Number of Missing People in KZN Floods Rises to 11

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After another guy went missing while attempting to save a victim from drowning, the total number of people missing during the Ladysmith flash floods has increased to 11.

Officials from KwaZulu-Natal province paid a visit to the region on Wednesday.

Following a period of intense rain that began on Christmas Eve, seven individuals perished.

In a separate incident, the body of an 8-year-old child was found in Mandeni on Tuesday. Six people drowned after a riverbank collapsed in Ladysmith.

MEC for cooperative governance Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi promised assistance to the flood victims’ families.

“We met the families of the victims and assured them the government will provide full support during this distressing period,” she said.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation for disaster response, IPSS Medical Rescue, and search and rescue teams under the direction of the SAPS K9 squad are assisting in the search for the missing victims.

According to Sithole-Moloi, once news of a guy who tried to save individuals washing away on Sunday night surfaced, the number of those reported missing rose to 11.

The MEC met the severely injured Msimango family in the Roosboom area, a few kilometers from Ladysmith.

“The Msimango family lost seven members with three being discovered while the other four are among the 11 still missing.

Counselling services would be available, preparations for burials are under way and the departments of home affairs and social development would help those who lost personal documents, she said.

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