Yet another dam wall collapse hit disaster-stricken town Jagersfontein, the Free State government confirmed on Tuesday night.
Palesa Chubisi, spokesperson for Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela, said:
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.
Chubisi said the R706 was closed to traffic and motorists were advised to use alternative roads.
"The police and emergency services are on the scene. Premier Ntombela has called [on] the community not to panic as the provincial disaster team has been activated to the affected area," Chubisi said.
Hundreds of residents were left homeless after the first dam wall collapse in Jagersfontein, more than two weeks ago.
Ralehana Aaron Mosoeu, 78, died in the disaster, while Mantele Mokhali, 50, and Shadrack Williams, 70, were still unaccounted for.
The sludge wiped out 164 backyard vegetable gardens.
Fourteen smallholder and commercial farmers on 29 farms were left devastated after the Prosesspruit and Kromellenboogspruit rivers they live along were polluted.
According to a report released by Ntombela's office last week, "the extent of the damage to grazing land (excluding the area around the river) is estimated at 2 615 hectares, while grazing that has been destroyed on commonage land is estimated at 250 hectares".
"At this stage, more than 2 000 hectares will need to be rehabilitated before it can be suitable for grazing again. Access roads to farms need to be rebuilt, while some farmers have attempted to clear up low-water bridges to ensure easy access to farms," the report read.