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On 11 September 2022 a tailing dam in Jagersfontein, Free State burst its banks and swept away homes. One person was killed and hundreds were displaced. Another dam wall collapsed in the town on Tuesday night.

JAGERSFONTEIN HIT AGAIN

According to SABC News, Kopanong Mayor Xolani Tseletsele said the second dam wall collapsed could have been caused by heavy rain in the area on Tuesday.

“The Free State Provincial Government is still trying to establish the extent of the water flow, however, it is understood that the water is running through the neighbourhood of Charlesville and the nearby Dennis Louw farm,” said the Free State government in a statement early on Wednesday.

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Homes and vehicles were swept away during the floods in Jagersfontein on Sunday. Image: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa

There was much panic in the disaster-hit town but there was no significant damage. “I’ve been on the ground since last night when the second dam burst and no major damage has occurred. It was only the water that was running behind one community, but we managed to stop it last night,” said the mayor to EWN.

According to News24, Jagersfontein Developments denied that another dam wall collapsed. The company said due to the first incident, stormwater is flowing in areas where tailings have spilt.

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