South Africa: 14 people die from river overflow

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (HPD) — A flash flood swept away members of a church congregation along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg, South Africa, killing at least 14 people, authorities confirmed Monday.

Rescue forces are looking for at least three people who are still missing.

Twelve bodies were recovered on Sunday in addition to the two recovered on Saturday, said Robert Mulaudzi, a spokesman for the Johannesburg Emergency Services.

Members of the congregation were participating in riverfront rituals when the flash flood washed away several of the worshipers. Church services along the river were held near the populous Alexandra Township in eastern Johannesburg.

However, some of the bodies were found downriver in the Jukskei, one of Johannesburg’s largest rivers.

Rescue operations had been postponed on Monday due to heavy rain.

On Monday, South Africa’s Meteorological Services warned of continued heavy rain that could cause further flooding in much of Gauteng province this week. Communities on the banks of the Jukskei River have been urged to exercise caution.

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