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Disaster officials on standby for flooding

The country has been lashed by persistent rain for the last 10 days.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) says it has not yet declared a state of emergency as a result of the wet weather but says its officials are on standby to assist task response units around the country with flooding incidents.

The country has been lashed by persistent rain for the last 10 days with at least 11 people drowning in Mpumalanga over the past week.

Large potholes have formed, traffic lights have been affected and slippery roads have caused fatal accidents.

Holiday makers at Klein Kariba were stranded as roads and rivers flooded after heavy rains. An eyewitness told EWN the next dam wall is taking strain. Picture: Gregg Kleynhans/IWN.

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

Major roads around Johannesburg have been closed following heavy rain in many parts of Gauteng. Picture: Angelo Tyler/iWitness.

Disaster management's Tsakane Baloyi says, "The municipal disaster management centre will work with the provincial disaster management centre as well as the NDMC to do an assessment which will in turn incorporate all the areas that have been damaged including roads and infrastructure."

The South African Weather Service says it has been 14 years since Gauteng last experienced this much rainfall during the month of March.

It says the downpours at this time of the year are not uncommon but what is unusual is the large amount experienced this year.

The Vaal River has also come under pressure with officials saying they may have to open another gate to release water.

Meanwhile, an enormous sinkhole, measuring about 20 metres wide and four metres deep has developed in Coleraine drive in Bryanston.

Emergency services have appealed to the public not to come close to the sinkhole as it continues to disintegrate making it very dangerous.

Coleraine Drive in Bryanston collapsed due to heavy rains on 11 March 2014. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.