The OR Tambo District Municipality has confirmed the tragic news that three people lost their lives during torrential rains in the Eastern Cape, over the weekend.
Acting Executive Mayor Thokozile Sokanyile said the bodies of 53-year-old Fumanekile Mantshubaqa, 24-year-old Asenathi Mkawusi and 42-year old Mhlabunzima Sikhathele, were recovered on Friday following heavy rains.
“The bodies were recovered after the three people were reported missing at Rhole Village in Lusikisiki, Ingquza Hill Local Municipality,” Sekanyile said.
According to a preliminary report, three local municipalities have been seriously affected by the floods; namely Ingquza Hill, King Sabata Dalindyebo and Port St John’s.
“The heavy downpours have left a trail of destruction to infrastructure, households, and businesses. In Port St Johns 10 bridges have been washed away making it difficult for the members of the community to access schools and nearby facilities,” the report stated.
The OR Tambo Disaster and Risk Management teams are continuing to assess the extent of the damages.