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Gauteng residents warned to be extra cautious this weekend amid more rainfall

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he intends on declaring some parts of the province disaster areas.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the Ulana informal settlement on the East Rand on 11November after days of heavy rain left hundreds displaced. Picture: @GautengProvince.

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

At least six people have lost their lives and a three-year-old girl from Alexandra is still missing after severe flooding on Wednesday.

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.”

Meanwhile, the city of Ekurhuleni’s Zweli Dlamini says they currently considering setting up temporary shelters in hot spots to assist those affected.

“For those people who get displaced by the rain so that they can be moved there as when the need arises.”

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

The South African Weather Service said it expects the rains to continue well into the weekend.

Spokesperson Edwin Thema said: “More storms are expected later in the afternoon. We also have a watch out for severe thunderstorms, where we can expect heavy rainfall, hail, flash flooding and damaging winds.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)