Heavy rains in Mpumalanga have claimed three lives.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Mandla Msibi, has revealed this in a statement.

He says a 5-year-old boy was swept away by a stream of water at Masoyi in Mbombela; a 40-year-old man drowned in a local river in Pilgrims’ Rest while a baby fell into a river at Elukwatini while her mother was crossing.

“The fatalities have left us grief-stricken. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” says Msibi.

The MEC is urging the public not to risk their lives by crossing local rivers and dams as they are currently overflowing.

The heavy rains were a result of Cyclone Eloise, which also battered parts of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.