‘River of sewage’ floods Walmer Township house

HEALTH RISK: Walmer Township resident Asanda Mbondo’s yard was flooded with raw sewage when a nearby drain became blocked. Picture: RIAAN MARAIS
HEALTH RISK: Walmer Township resident Asanda Mbondo’s yard was flooded with raw sewage when a nearby drain became blocked. Picture: RIAAN MARAIS

A Walmer Township woman was left in ankle-deep sewage in her house yesterday after an overloaded pipe spewed out a river of sludge.

Asanda Mbondo, 28, reported the problem to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday but only yesterday did municipal workers arrive at about 11am.

Asanda Mbondo, 28, first saw water coming up through the ground next to her RDP house in Bhabhathane Street on Thursday.

She did not think much of it, but then garden turned into a swamp of sewage.

“For the past two days, I have been staying with neighbours across the street. At first, I thought it would not get that bad, but now the stuff is in my house. It smells so bad we had to leave,” Mbondo said.

Her biggest concern is the health of her two sons, aged five and eight.

“The children don’t understand what is going on. Some of them play in the water. They think it’s fun, but they don’t know they can get sick.”

A worker, who declined to be named, said the problem was probably a blocked drain.

“The water that is there will have to pumped away. As soon as we find the blockage we should be able to sort it out quickly,” he said.

Mbondo’s neighbour, Lilian Donyeli, 56, said a number of other residents in the street were concerned as the water in their toilets had also started pushing up.

“If they don’t fix the problem quickly a lot of houses will be flooded with sewage,” she said.

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