A woman’s body has been retrieved by police divers after she allegedly drowned when a car she was travelling in was swept away while trying to cross the low lying bridge on the Thorncliffe river, outside Steelpoort, in Limpopo.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening during heavy downpours.

Five people were  swept away during the floods and the remaining four have not yet been found.

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Basikopo Makamu says he is saddened by the loss.

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MEC Spokesperson, Hitekani Magwedze says “Limpopo Cogta MEC Basikopo Makamu has been saddened by the news of the tragic passing of the woman in Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality in an incident relating to the fresh floods due to the downpour of heavy rains in the area on Tuesday afternoon.”

“The body of the female victim was recovered by the search rescue operation team who were dispersed after reports that the vehicle [they] had been travelling in was swept away by the flood. The MEC has requested the Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs officials to work with the Limpopo Social Development Department to provide psychological social support to the family of the deceased,” explains Magwedze.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, heavy rains at Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo caused widespread flooding and damage to roads and several homes.

Heavy rains at Oudtshoorn cause widespread flooding and damages to roads: