PTA EMS declare Honingnestkrans operation a recovery mission

The occupant in the vehicle in Honingnestkrans has been stuck underwater for hours.

Rescue teams and police have been deployed across Gauteng in places where there has been some considerable damage caused by heavy rains. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency services in Pretoria say the operation to reach a car that was washed away by heavy rain in Honingnestkrans, has now been declared a recovery mission, as the occupant in the vehicle has been stuck underwater for more than five hours.

Officials were on the brink of opening the car earlier but it dislodged and has since been pulled further downstream by heavy currents.

A farmer in the area alerted emergency services after he saw the car being swept down the river by flash floods over a low water bridge.

Tshwane emergency service spokesperson Johan Pieterse said, "They were entering the vehicle when it loosened as it was stuck against to tree, it turned around and washed 50 metres down the river. It's stuck under a bridge."

Rescue teams and police have been deployed across Gauteng in places where there has been some considerable damage caused by heavy rains.

HEAVY RAINS LEAD TO EVACUATIONS IN PARTS OF GAUTENG

Earliear today, Tshwane Emergency services (TES) said there had been localised flooding in the north of the city, with officials evacuating residential areas and cars being swept away during flash floods.

Traffic delays were reported in many parts around Johannesburg - the majority of which were caused by accidents.

Rescue teams and police have been deployed across Gauteng in places where there has been some considerable damage caused by heavy rains. Pictures: Christa Eybers/EWN.

Meanwhile, the weather service says cloudy conditions will persist over Gauteng until Sunday as the intensity of rainfall decreases.

Johannesburg's Emergency Services Management (EMS) say at least two accidents have been caused by the heavy downpours overnight.

LISTEN: Rain gauger measures above average rainfall in Gauteng.

One person died when a truck crashed along the Soweto highway, while no one was injured in another multiple pile up on the N14.