City of Ekurhuleni collecting data on those displaced by heavy rains

The city announced that it’s exploring the possibility of establishing temporary shelters in flood prone areas.

FILE: Community members attempt to push a vehicle in Alexandra following floods in the area on 10 November 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANENSBURG – The City of Ekurhuleni says it’s currently collecting data in order to establish the number of people who have been displaced so far in this week’s floods across Gauteng.

Yesterday, the city announced that it’s exploring the possibility of establishing temporary shelters in flood prone areas.

Weather experts have again warned that more downpours and possible flash floods are expected in parts of Gauteng this weekend.

At least six people have died during this week’s storms.

Yesterday, rescue teams had to call off their search for a missing three-year-old Alexandra girl due to the rain.

The City’s Zweli Dlamini says, “We’re actually monitoring the situation very closely through a joint operation centre in Bedfordview. We’ve had a series of calls from the eastern parts of Ekurhuleni which where we’ve had situations of flooding.”

Meanwhile, Gauteng residents have been warned to be extra cautious this weekend as more rainfall is expected that may lead to flooding.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he intends on declaring some parts of the province disaster areas due to the scale of damage and casualties from the flash floods.

The Gauteng government has urged residents especially those living in low lying areas to be more cautious this weekend as more rainfall is expected.

Spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says, “Take special care during the storms, we also would want them to cooperate with the municipality.”

Makhura is expected to announce plans next week, to declare some parts of the province disaster areas.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)