Michael Maina looks at a car that was damaged by the Jagersfontein floods.

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  • Two people are still missing two weeks after a mine dam wall collapsed in the small town of Jagersfontein in the Free State.
  • The local municipality of Kopanong has warned residents to avoid contact with mud and to wear closed shoes at all times.
  • Rivers were also polluted.

Two people are still missing almost two weeks after a mine dam wall collapsed in the small town of Jagersfontein in the Free State.

They are 50-year-old Montele Mohali and 70-year-old Shadrack Williams.

“The search and rescue mission remains active in this regard,” said Palesa Chubisi, a spokesman for Free State Prime Minister Sisi Ntambela.

One person, 78-year-old Ralekhana Aaron Mosoyev, died as a result of the elements.

Meanwhile, the local municipality of Kopanong has warned residents of the affected areas of Jagersfontein to wear masks and closed shoes, to avoid walking barefoot and to avoid contact with mud.

According to the latest report released by Ntambela’s office, 63 people were housed at the Sandstone Sleeper Estate in Bloemfontein.

There, the medical team examined one adult and three children.

She said:

An ambulance was called for a nine-month-old child with a cough [who] was taken to the National Hospital.

Also, on Tuesday, two pregnant women were transferred from “Sandstone” to “President Hotel”.

In addition, the medical team helped three people in the President Hotel, she said. One was a diabetic who was being monitored while the others were receiving medication.

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She added that the department distributed wheelchairs, walkers and walking sticks to those who needed the equipment.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Development found that some people in the 187 affected households lost all their belongings, while others suffered partial damage. Some people fled the city for safety.

Animal husbandry on land covered with thick silt

An animal on the ground covered in thick gray mud after the floods in Jagersfontein.

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A total of 164 home gardens were destroyed by sludge.

“Subsistence and small-scale farmers on common facilities remain without animals, as the loss of 865 animals belonging to 25 farmers has been recorded to date. There are concerns that these numbers could rise as field assessments continue,” Chubisi added.

Fourteen small and commercial farmers on 29 farms were devastated after the Prosespruit and Crommelenbugspruit rivers, along which they live, were polluted.

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According to the report, “the amount of damage to pastures (not including the riverside area) is estimated at 2,615 hectares, and the destroyed pastures on public lands are 250 hectares.”

“At this stage, more than 2,000 hectares will need to be rehabilitated before they are suitable for grazing again. Access roads to farms need to be rebuilt, while some farmers have attempted to clear low-water bridges to provide easy access to farms.”

Residents are trying to get their things back

Residents try to get their belongings back after houses were damaged in Jagersfontein following the floods.

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According to Chubisi, 148 applications for Social Disaster Relief (SRD) were received – 54 for school uniforms and 94 for money.

She said 38 had been verified and approved for payment on Friday.

The remaining 56 will be approved once the review process is complete.


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