TROPICAL STORM ELOIS HITS GA-MAMPA VILLAGE IN MAFEFE

Residents of Ga-Mampa village in Mafefe area were hit by the tropical storm Eloise on Sunday 24th January 2021, with widespread flooding causing waterlogging to the road and access bridge that crosses Mohlapetsi River which is a tributary of Olifants River that flows throughout the year.

A multi-faceted team was dispatched to assist the victims of the heavy rains that have devastated four families. The team comprised of Lepelle-Nkumpi Disaster Management unit, Department of Social Development (DSD), Limpopo Emergency Medical Services Flood Team (EMS) and the Red Cross officials.

Capricorn District Municipality, Disaster Management unit officer Ms. Lebogang Mosotho has reported that no fatalities occurred of displaced residents and relieves such as food parcels, mattresses and blankets have been provided from The Red Cross, Lepelle-Nkumpi Disaster unit and Department of Social Development to the affected families as a temporary intervention. "We would also like to send out a strong message to members of the public that they must never try to walk, swim or drive in swift flowing water. They must also not drive over a low water bridge if the water is flowing strong across it. Disaster management is everybody's business," she said.

She further warned the residents of Ga-Mampa village to avoid unnecessary trips which could see them stranded as a result of Access Bridge and road being flooded. Mosotho indicated that in case of any disaster, members of the public should report incidents to their district office disaster management centre on the toll free number 0800 666 777.