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Heavy rains lead to evacuations in parts of Gauteng

There's localised flooding in Tshwane with officials evacuating some residential areas.

Major roads around Gauteng have been damaged by severe rains since beginning of March. Picture: iWitness.
Weather,South African Weather Service
Local

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Emergency services (TES) say there's been localised flooding in the north of the city, with officials evacuating residential areas and cars being swept away during flash floods.

A search and rescue operation is underway at a Honingnestkrans near Onderstepoort where another car was swept away with the occupant still inside.

A farmer called the emergency services when he saw the vehicle being swept down a river that flooded a low water bridge on a gravel road last night.

“We can see the vehicle but only the top part of the roof is visible. We're on scene and geared to enter, but it’s dangerous for rescue workers to enter that river in full flood,” TES spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.

Traffic delays have been reported in many parts around Johannesburg, majority of those caused by accidents.

Meanwhile, the weather service says cloudy conditions will persist over Gauteng until Sunday as the intensity of rainfall decreases

“By the weekend it is going to be clearing up, but we’re still expecting some cloudy conditions. It is only the intensity of conditions that will go down to 30 percent,” said Forecaster Abed Migo.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg's Emergency Services Management (EMS) say at least two accidents have been caused by the heavy downpours overnight.

One person died when a truck crashed along the Soweto highway, while no one was injured in another multiple pile up on the N14.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said, “Police are dealing with an incident in Soweto which involves multiple vehicles. So far, we don’t have the exact number of people who may be injured.”

KRUGER PARK

In Kruger National Park, the Phabeni Low Water Bridge has been closed until further notice after heavy rains in the area.

The bridge from Skukuza and roads in the Marula region were also closed yesterday

The rain has filled the park's dams and rivers and officials say the damage done will take some time to repair.

Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said, “Unfortunately that specific bridge is damaged, so much so even if it [rain] subsides it will still keep that road as is. It might not be accessible.”

MOTORISTS LEFT FRUSTRATED

Gauteng residents have been left frustrated following the downpours since yesterday.

There were also reports of trees falling on cars on the M1 South last night.

Slow moving traffic has also been precipitated by heavily flooded roads.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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