Kliptown shacks under water

Heavy rain left the informal settlement on the banks of the Klipspruit River partially submerged.

Flooding in Kliptown, Soweto, 20 April 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

SOWETO - At least 50 shacks in Kliptown, Soweto, were on Saturday completely destroyed after overnight rain caused flooding and forced about 150 people from their homes.

The informal settlement on the banks of the Klipspruit River was partially submerged and residents were forced to move their possessions to higher ground.

The City of Joburg's disaster management has tried to relocate some of the people living there but many have not been willing to move.

Residents climbed a hill to find refuge on a railway bridge adjacent to the settlement, as the water continued to stream in.

Many of them said they had lost all their possessions, while others have already left for a nearby hall where disaster management is offering aid.

With another cold night ahead and more rain predicted, those residents with homes still underwater are uncertain of their immediate future.

Meanwhile, at least 15 houses were flooded after a pipe burst in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg on Saturday morning.

Investigations were underway to find out what caused the pipe to burst.

Heavy downpours reported throughout Gauteng resulted in a number of areas being flooded, also causing a bridge on Witkoppen road to collapse.

Ekurhuleni's Leon Dupree said they were working to clear the rubble.

"The ridge behind Gillooly's Dam, where we have a reservoir - it's apparently the main Rand Water pipe that's burst.

"It's washed down a whole lot of sand and stone."