Brits hit by deadly floods
Flood waters have killed one person and destroyed at least 150 homes in Brits in the North West.
JOHANNESBURG - Flood waters have killed one person and destroyed at least 150 homes in Brits in the North West.
Most of the damage has been caused by flood waters from the overflowing Hartbeespoort Dam.
More than thirty families have been displaced in Majakaneng, downstream from the dam.
The North West provincial government says officials were forced to open the sluice gates to prevent the dam from bursting.
Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele says officials were unable to notify residents on time.
"It was raining everywhere, so the dam itself was getting full and we had to open the gates."
This comes after seven people drowned in the North West province due to heavy rainfall last month.
More than 700 families in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality have been severely affected by the flooding.
Kgwele says the district Disaster Management Centre is distributing blankets, food parcels and cottage tents as well as arranging temporary shelter to those who have been displaced.
He says four bridges were washed away and the towns of Bona Bona, Morokweng and Pomfret were inaccessible yesterday due to the flooding.