Hundreds left homeless after JHB rains

Heavy weekend rains wreaked havoc in Johannesburg leaving more than 100 people homeless.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people are now trying to rebuild their homes after heavy rains wreaked havoc in Gauteng at the weekend.

Johannesburg's disaster management teams said it has been a hectic weekend for emergency services, who now have to find a place to stay for more than 100 people.

In Soweto, several roads were closed due to flooding and an informal settlement in Kliptown had to be evacuated.

In northern parts of Johannesburg parts of Witkoppen Road fell apart as water levels made some roads impassable.

Spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said Kliptown and Soweto were the worst affected areas where residents lost most of their possessions and are now being housed in a community centre near the Klipspruit River.

"They've received a lot of assistance, we just hope we'll be able to finalise their relocation."

A resident said although floods are common in the area this one has left him with nowhere else to go.

"Right now we have nothing. Our certificates and identification documents belonging to our children are gone."

The mop-op operation is almost complete and authorities said all that is left to do now is find a suitable place to relocate the people who have been left destitute.