Mlamleli to visit family of 9-year-old girl who drowned in flash floods

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A rescue team consisting of a diver embarked on a frantic search for the child while community members, who stood on the sidelines, could only hope that she’d be found alive and safe. Photo supplied.

A delegation from the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in Bloemfontein, Free State will visit the family of the 9-year-old girl who drowned last week following flash floods caused by heavy rainfall in the city.

The spokesperson of the municipality, Qondile Khedama, said that Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli will head the child’s family home in Silver City, Bloemfontein to offer her condolences.

OFM News earlier reported that a rescue team was at a canal in Batho township, close to the girl’s home, after she and another 10-year-old boy believed by paramedics to be her relative were reported missing.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson, Sipho Towa told OFM News on Friday evening that the girl was found dead on the scene and nothing could be done to save her life.

After coming under fire for not being forthcoming on its disaster plan following the heavy floods, which were in several parts of Bloemfontein, Khedama issues a statement outlining areas locals should avoid, with the Batho area, where the child was found, being one of the areas residents were warned to stay away from.

The delegation will first head to Khosi Mogapi’s home in Silver City, following which, they’ll take to the family of the deceased.

Pulane Choane / OFM News