Missing toddler found dead, mom and sister still missing

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A toddler who was swept away together with her mom and a three year old sister during the Durban storm have been found dead.

Police Search and Rescue officers recovered the body of the 18-month-old toddler, from near the Isipingo canal, south of Durban.

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Hope Maphumulo was one of several people who went missing during the devastating storm that hit KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

Police divers, from Durban, and dog handlers, from Port Shepstone, found the little girl on Thursday morning.

Her body had washed up on the floodplain, about 200 metres from the canal, after the floodwaters had subsided.

Hope’s mother and three-year-old sister are still missing.

Rescue services from around the province have spent the last three days searching for them and other victims of the storm.

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It has claimed at least 14 lives already.

And the death toll is expected to continue to rise, with at least five people still unaccounted for.

JUST IN: Toddler’s sibling also found dead not far from where she was found

Amongst those still missing are 14-year-old Nomthandazo Chili, from Folweni, and 22-month old Okuhle Kweyama, from Umlazi D Section.

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