Gauteng floods cause six fatalities, bridge closure on R55 in Kyalami

Heavy flooding in parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane resulted in six fatalities and a missing child.

Debris on the R55 in Kyalami following floods in parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and  Tshwane yesterday. Picture: Twitter @EWNTraffic

JOHANNESBURG – A bridge on the R55 in Kyalami is filled with debris after heavy rain on Wednesday, leading to the partial closure of the road.

Motorists have been advised to use alternative routes.

On Wednesday heavy rain caused the Jukskei River to burst its banks, affecting the R55 in Kyalami.

There was heavy flooding in parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane resulting in six fatalities and a missing child.

Traffic was also brought to a standstill on the N3 highway in Linksfield when a truck drove into nine vehicles.

Flights out of OR Tambo International Airport were also delayed due to the severe storm.

At the Johannesburg Zoo, a portion of the wall facing Jan Smuts Avenue collapsed.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng provincial government has activated the disaster management centre to coordinate investigations into the extent of damage caused by the flash floods.

The department says the team includes members from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni municipalities.

Gauteng provincial government’s Thabo Masebe says the teams have been coordinating and working throughout the night into this morning, to clean up the roads and search for missing persons.

He says the Jukskei River burst is one the major things the team is attending to.

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