South African worshippers swept away in Jukskei river flash flood

  • In World
  • 2022-12-04 12:26:44Z
  • By BBC
People searching a river
People searching a river  

Nine people have died in South Africa and eight are missing after a flash flood in a river swept away worshippers taking part in a church ceremony.

Some of the more than 30 congregants were standing on rocks in the river on Saturday when a torrent of water surged through, an eyewitness said.

The pastor was saved after he clung on to an overhanging tree branch as he was being carried away, the witness added.

Rescuers resumed the search of Johannesburg's Jukskei river on Sunday.

It is notorious for flooding during South Africa's rainy season.

The search operation involves the police and fire service as well as specialist aquatic rescue teams.

After having recovered two bodies on Saturday they have so far found seven more on Sunday, Robert Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, told reporters.

Victor Ncube, who had been taking part in the church service, told local news station eNCA that he managed to pull five people out of the river who had been swept 100 metres downstream.

Others had been carried too far down the river for him to try to save them, he said.

Of the 33 who had been at the service, eight are still unaccounted for, the authorities say.

Additional reporting by the BBC's Nobuhle Simelane in Johannesburg


More Related News

South Africa birthday party shooting: Eight killed in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
South Africa birthday party shooting: Eight killed in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
  • World
  • 2023-01-30 08:55:11Z

Unidentified gunmen "randomly shot at guests" as they danced in a house party, police say.

S.Africa not ditching coal
S.Africa not ditching coal 'just like that', Ramaphosa cautions

Coal-rich but energy-starved South Africa will not immediately abandon its fossil-fuelled electricity generating plants as it transitions to cleaner forms of...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: World