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3 killed as dam bursts in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: At the least three individuals have been killed and dozens injured after a mine dam burst and sparked flooding that swept away homes and automobiles in central South Africa, officers stated on Sunday.

Tv footage confirmed a river of mud and water flowing away from the mine and into a close-by residential space.

It lined roads and swept homes away in Jagers­font­ein, a city about 100 kilometres southwest of the Free State province capital, Bloemfontein.

“A mine dam collapsed and swept away homes and automobiles within the space,” Palesa Chubisi, a spokeswoman for Free State premier Sisi Ntom­bela, stated in a press release.

“Three our bodies have since been recovered.”

Chubisi stated 40 individuals, together with a pregnant lady, have been taken to hospitals, 4 affected by fractured limbs and the remainder with bruises and hypothermia.

Nationwide electrical energy utility Eskom stated Jagersfontein was left with out energy after considered one of its substations was “engulfed by the mud”.

“Because of the present state of affairs within the Jagersfontein space and inaccessibility of our substation, it’s unattainable to estimate when provide shall be restored or to find out the extent of the injury,” Eskom stated in a press release.

Search and rescue efforts continued, whereas authorities have been evacuating individuals within the affected areas to close by farms, she added.

The flooding induced some homes to break down “main some members of the neighborhood to flee with solely the garments on their backs”, stated the provincial division of social growth.

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