“Bela Bela a disaster zone”

Local authorities in Bela Bela, want the town to be declared a disaster zone after heavy floods.

local authorities in Bela Bela, Limpopo, want the town to be declared a disaster zone after heavy floods.

JOHANNESBURG - Local authorities in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, want the town to be declared a disaster zone after heavy floods.

The small town is in ruins after two dams collapsed leaving over 80 people displaced.

A total of 1,300 people have been evacuated from their homes across the province.

Earlier this week, provincial officials visited affected areas to assess the damage done to property.

They say they are uncertain whether the province will have enough funds to repair the damage.

Meanwhile, emergency services have advised motorists to steer clear of the flooded R101 running through the province.

A couple were reported missing after the Klein-Kariba Dam walls burst in Bela Bela, flooding a nearby holiday reserve last week Saturday.

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