- 17 children from a village near Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape were swept away by a flash flood while walking to school
- Only 11 survived the ordeal
- The parents of the drowned children have expressed outrage that the government had not built bridges to make the journey safer
Six students drowned on their way to school after being washed away in a flash flood.
The students were crossing a river when the water overwhelmed them.
The flood took place near Popopo village in the Eastern Cape.
17 students were swept away by the rushing water, but only 11 survived the ordeal. The deaths have resulted in outraged at the fact that there was no bridge spanning the river the children had to cross.
Students reportedly have to cross three rivers on the 6km walk from their village near Mount Fletcher to their school, Popopo Primary, according to City Press. None of these rivers has a bridge.
Usually these rivers can be crossed on foot, but a storm in a nearby village caused a flash flood while the students were crossing. Locals realised the students were in danger and took action to rescue them, but six children died nevertheless. A mass funeral will be held for them over the weekend.
Since the incident took place, a bridge has reportedly been built at the spot where the children drowned. However, some parents of the children who died have said this is too little, too late.
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