Ladysmith Flash Floods: Desperate Search for Missing 12 People Enters Day 4, Citizens Extend Prayers

Ladysmith Flash Floods: Desperate Search for Missing 12 People Enters Day 4, Citizens Extend Prayers

  • Families of flash flood victims are awaiting news as the extended search for 12 missing people in Ladysmith continues
  • Despite challenging conditions, the water levels have subsided, allowing search teams to access previously inaccessible areas
  • South Africans are holding onto hope that all the missing people will be found alive and well
Rescue team intensified the search for flood victims in Ladysmith
Rescue efforts have been intensified for people who went missing in the flash floods in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Stock photos
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KWAZULU-NATAL- As Ladysmith grapples with the aftermath of Christmas Eve flash floods, the extended search for 12 missing people has entered its fourth day.

Missing motorist in Newcastle

IPSS spokesperson Tereza van den Berg shared the latest developments, shedding light on a reported missing motorist on the Newcastle side of town.

According to SABCNews, Van den Berg recounted receiving a report on Tuesday about a motorist who went missing in the Newcastle area.

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Search efforts extend to Newcastle

She said community members alerted the search teams about a submerged vehicle in the river, leading to heightened efforts in that region. Unfortunately, when the teams arrived, the water levels were still challenging.

Van den Berg added that a woman was in that car when it left home, and she was never seen again.

"So, we’ve got a team in that area that’s searching for that missing lady as well. The water has subsided a bit so they could get to the vehicle but were searching for the lady.”

Citizens worried about missing people

The ongoing search has sparked a mix of desperation and hope among citizens closely following the story.

See some of the comments below:

Ntethelelo Welcome mentioned:

"Lord have mercy. It is so heartbreaking, deepest condolences to the families of their loved ones."

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Mpho Ronny commented:

"Floods are now a calamity to many people of KwaZulu-Natal province for a long time. More prayers to them, please."

Otshepeng Tshepi Martins wrote:

"They are going to find them. I'm optimistic."

Otshepeng Tshepi Martins posted:

"Let's pray in Jesus name they be found alive and well."

Winnie Takhe Sibandze said:

"I wonder how is Newcastle?"

Ladysmith flash floods claim lives of 6 people

In another article, Briefly News reported that tragedy struck in Ladysmith as six people were confirmed dead, and 11 remain missing in the aftermath of devastating flash floods.

The victims were near a caravan park adjacent to an overflowing stream. The flood's impact extends to areas including the local SPCA and Caravan Park.

Source: Briefly News

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email: hilary.sekgota@briefly.co.za