A five-year-old boy has reportedly died after he was swept away while his mother tried to cross a river in Masoyi, Mpumalanga.

It is believed that a woman was carrying her young child while trying to cross a river on Saturday afternoon when the incident occurred.

The woman allegedly lost her footing while crossing the river and lost her child in the current.

Mpumalanga SAPS Diving Unit recovered the child’s body at around 17:00 on Sunday.

The storm has also lashed parts of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. – Report from the Lowvelder