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More heavy rains still expected

THE Lesotho Meteorological Services has predicted more heavy rains in the coming weeks.

According to meteorologist Retšepile ‘Neko, more rains are expected throughout April, although they are not expected to be as heavy as those experienced over the past few weeks.

“While the rains will not be as heavy as in the past weeks, they could still be dangerous because the earth is still holding lots of water.
“The ground is still saturated so even little rains have the potential to cause floods. People still have to stay safe,” ‘Neko said.
Meanwhile, torrential rains in the past two weeks caused the deaths of four people and left roads and homes damaged.

According to the Disaster Management Authority (DMA), a 13-year-old girl died after she was washed away by a raging river in Mantšonyane, Thaba-Tseka, while a couple also drowned after their vehicle was swept away in Mapoteng, Berea.

Last week, a man fell into the river during a rescue mission in Mahobong, Leribe, and his body has still not been recovered, the DMA report said.

“A bridge in Literapeng village was destroyed by heavy rains and vehicles could not pass. A culvert in Khanyane, Pitseng route, was also destroyed leaving only one lane of the road passable, though risky.

“It was also reported that on March 12, a vehicle was swept away by water which was flowing over the bridge in Mahobong village after heavy rains. Six people were reported to have been rescued while one was washed away by water and remains missing.

Localised floods also negatively affected some households in Matukeng,” reads the report.

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