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By Cornelia Le Roux

Digital Deputy News Editor


Rescue efforts to resume for school group stranded by flood waters at Oudtshoorn resort

A group of 72 Aliwal North Primary School pupils and 10 adults are trapped at the Cango Mountain Resort by rising flood waters.


Efforts to rescue 72 children and 10 adults from a nightmare ordeal at a resort near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, will take place on Wednesday morning.

The group of pupils and accompanying adults are stranded at the Cango Mountain Resort by rising flood waters caused by heavy rains.

Heavy rain leads to rising flood waters, trapping group

Oudtshoorn Municipality spokesperson Aurelia Mle told Oudtshoorn Courant that the downpour caused the Le Roux River which runs through the heart of Cango Mountain Resort, to overflow, trapping the school group.  

“Thankfully, there are no casualties. Both children and adults are in good health, but they are temporarily unable to leave the resort,” Mle said.

Helicopter food drop

 On Tuesday, Oudtshoorn Municipal Disaster Management delivered food and water to the Air Mercy Helicopter (AMS) which was dispatched to drop off the supplies to the stranded school group.

Mle expressed the hope that weather permitting, the group should be able to safely cross over by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Meiringspoort Pass is still closed due to flooding.

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