Eloise leaves nothing but misery and destruction in her path

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Eloise leaves nothing but misery and destruction in her path

More than 1,000 families in SA are displaced, and 13 people, including an infant and a toddler, drowned

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More than 1,000 families from across the eastern parts of SA are trying to pick up the pieces after tropical storm Eloise washed away roads and bridges, caused mudslides and ripped apart homes, and killed at least 13 people, including a one-year-old girl and five-year-old boy.

Police say the children drowned when they were ripped from their mothers’ arms as they tried to cross raging rivers in the Mpumalanga villages of Masoyi and Enkaba in attempts to escape rising flood waters.

The storm, which struck SA over the weekend, shut down part of the N4, cut off the town of Mashishing (Lydenberg) and the village of Lows Creek for two days, and left the town of Komatipoort without water or electricity from the early hours of Monday morning...

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