Mop-up operation underway in Southern Cape

Several rivers are overflowing following heavy downpours over the past 24 hours.

FILE: Officials have warned people not to cross or attempt to cross fast flowing rivers. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Mop-up operations continue in parts of the Southern Cape following heavy downpours over the past 24 hours.

The Garden Route National Park says several rivers are overflowing.

All hiking trails in the Tsitsikamma area are also closed.

The park's Nandi Mgwadlamba said, "We're asking people not to cross or even attempt to cross fast flowing rivers in the forestry areas or around the entries at the moment until the rain subsides and it's not raining anymore."

Meanwhile, the Meiringspoort pass near Oudtshoorn has been reopened after a truck was trapped due to flooding earlier.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "Due to flooding, most of the bridges were flooded with water and it was dangerous for motorists to use the Meiringspoort pass. But the water levels are down and we reopened the road."