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Heavy rainfall 'highly unusual'

More rain has fallen in the past week than the annual average for the entire month of March.

Major roads around Johannesburg were closed following heavy rain in Gauteng over the past two weeks. Picture: Angelo Tyler/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has described the heavy rainfall that has lashed Gauteng over the past two weeks as "highly unusual".

Forecasters say more rain has fallen over the past week than the annual average for the entire month of March.

The rain has caused chaos on provincial roads and resulted in Eskom announcing a power emergency last week after coal stocks were soaked.

Major roads around Johannesburg were closed following heavy rain in Gauteng over the past two weeks. Picture: Angelo Tyler/iWitness.

Holiday makers at Klein Kariba were stranded as roads and rivers flooded after heavy rains.Picture: Gregg Kleynhans/IWN.

New Canada road at Pennyville in Soweto was flooded following heavy rains throughout Gauteng. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen.

Several dams and rivers have flooded in Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West province leaving hundreds of families displaced.

On Friday, over 160 families were displaced in and around Johannesburg.

In Limpopo a couple were reported missing after the Klein-Kariba Dam walls burst in Bela Bela, flooding a nearby holiday reserve.

The wet weather has also exacerbated the pothole problem on Gauteng's roads.

SA Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen says the heavy rainfall that has affected the north eastern part of the country is uncommon.

"There have been several reports of heavy rainfall, flooding and even dam breaks."

Meanwhile, with more rain expected over the next few days, Eskom says it cannot rule out the possibility of another round of load shedding.

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