PEARSTON, EASTERN CAPE – A small community in the Eastern Cape is reeling after a flash flood left scores of people homeless.
Pearston has a population of about 4,000, and it’s situated in a normally dry part of the Karoo.
The Vogel river, which is usually not much more than a stream, burst its banks following a Sunday night storm.
Residents say they’ve never experienced anything like this before.
Disaster management teams were called in from Port Elizabeth, with a main focus being to repair sewage pipes.
Fifty homes were damaged and a footbridge linking the two sides of town was washed away.
Seven families had to be evacuated, and were forced to take shelter in the town’s community hall.
So far there’ve been no reports of injuries, but authorities are predicting a 60% chance of yet more rain for the area.
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