In the Southern African state of Transkei at least eight people died in some of the worst flooding to hit the region.
CU PULL BACK TO GV FROM: Floodwaters TO workers digging. (2 SHOTS)
GV TILT DOWN: Rock slide covering half of road.
SV: Ladder against telephone pole.
GV: Boulders on road.
GV: Hole in road.
GV TV PAN: Bridge on road between St. Johns and Kokstad. (2 SHOTS)
GV TV PAN ALONG: Banks of river.
GV AERIAL: Township PAN TO floodwater.
GV AERIAL: SOS sign painted on road.
SV: Children boarding helicopter.
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Background: In the Southern African state of Transkei at least eight people died in some of the worst flooding to hit the region. The floodwaters reached their peak last weekend (22, 23 April).
SYNOPSIS: Heavy rain fell on the coastal region that is known as the Wild Coast. Rivers swollen by the floodwaters washed away roads and wrecked bridges. Whole towns were cut off during the worst flooding. The heavy rain also caused rock slides and brought down telephone and electricity supplies have been restored it will be some weeks, according to officials, before road links are restored.
This bridge, on the road between the holiday town of Port St. Johns and Kokstad was one of the many that were washed away by the floods.
Port St. Johns was one of the towns cut off and the residents there painted as SOS message on the beachfront road to attract rescuers. These children were amongst people flown out of the worst hit areas by helicopter.