The floods in Free State swept away homes and vehicles. PHOTO: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa

[PICS] 3 killed and 40 injured in Free State floods – so far

40 people have been admitted into hospital including a pregnant lady, who have all been taken to various hospitals after the floods.


The floods in Free State swept away homes and vehicles. PHOTO: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa

Three bodies have been recovered while 40 patients are admitted into different hospitals due to the floods and mudslides in the Free State.


The Premier of the Free State Sisi Ntombela and her government activated the disaster management teams to conduct a search and rescue.

This after a mine dam collapsed in Jagersfontein, leading to floods and mudslides which left the nearby communities affected. This swept away houses and cars in the area.

But during the search and rescue, three bodies have so far been recovered, said spokesperson to the Premier Palesa Chubisi.

40 patients have been taken to different hospitals. 35 were transported to Diamant Hospital in Jagersfontein. Among them is a pregnant woman, said Chubisi.

Three bodies have so far been recovered during the search and rescue after the floods in Jagersfontein. PHOTO: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa

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Four people suffered fractured limbs, bruises and hypothermia.

“Five more patients were transported to Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg.”

Palesa Chubisi

The search and rescue operation are not yet complete and officials from the EMS college have also been deployed to assist.


The province has also activated the Joint Operation Centre to determine the extent of the disaster.

The Free State department of education is also liaising with the district officials and all school principals to provide an assessment report on the state of education facilities. This assessment includes access from town and townships to the schools, Chubisi said.

“Our preliminary report thus far indicates that no educational facilities were affected. The Social Development District offices are evacuating people in the affected areas to nearby farms.”

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Humanitarian organisations such as the South African Red Cross, Meals on Wheels among others, are on the ground to assess how many people have been affected by the flood. These organisations are also trying to establish basic needs besides food which may be required.

“The social grants agency, SASSA, has also deployed officials to the area. The department will be starting with psychosocial services for all affected residents,” said Chubisi.