Eight die as floods ravage East London, Transkei

Michelle Solomon, Aphiwe de Klerk, Lulamile Feni and Loyiso Mpalantshane

AT least eight people died and hundreds were left homeless as floods ravaged East London and the Transkei yesterday. Roads from Mthatha to Port St Johns and Dutywa were closed late yesterday and power was cut off in Mthatha.

Port St Johns mayor Mnyamezeli Mangqo said there was a risk the entire town might have to be evacuated.

“The situation is very bad,” police spokesman Mzukisi Fatyela said yesterday.

According to the weather office, however, the rain was expected to abate overnight, with warm and dry weather forecast for later today.

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