7 dead, thousands displaced in EC floods

Floods have killed 7 people and left thousands displaced in the Eastern Cape.

Heavy rains flooded roads across Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Province has been the hardest hit by heavy rainfall over the past few days.

At least 7 people have died and thousands displaced due to flooding.

The provincial disaster management's John Fobian said people in low laying areas like Motherwell and surrounds have been displaced.

The South African Weather Service said heavy rainfall which has thus far wreaked havoc in some parts of the country, is expected to continue in Gauteng, the Eastern and Western Cape until tonight.

The service's Edwin Themba said there is a 60 percent chance of thundershowers forecasted for today.

Meanwhile 70 people have been rescued off the Swartskop River in Port Elizabeth.

The National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon said the group was trapped as a result of rising water levels.