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SANDF on standby in Laingsburg

The defence force is on standby in the area following torrential rains over the past 48 hours.

FILE: The defence force is on standby in the area following torrential rains over the past 48 hours. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will remain on standby after flooding in Laingsburg, Western Cape officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Authorities say they do not expect a crisis in the area.

In 1981, Laingsburg was hit my massive floods resulting in at least 100 deaths when the Buffels River burst its banks.

The town was completely submerged in floodwater.

Rivers near the central Karoo town have filled up fast following torrential rains over the past 48 hours.

The N1, which runs through Laingsburg, was closed on Wednesday morning.

A section of the highway just outside the town has been badly damaged.

Western Cape Disaster Management's Colin Deiner says, "The dam is being monitored by water affairs to make sure that there are no problems there."

Deiner says no injuries have been reported.

"The Central Karoo Disaster Management Centre as well as the South African Police Service have established a joint operation centre there. We haven't had any loss of life or threats to life at this stage. It's been fairly well controlled."

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