JHB search & rescue operations suspended for now as rain hits

Severe down pours and possible hail storms are expected to lash the province throughout Monday night.

FILE: The R55 between Kyalami and Waterfall has been closed off to traffic due to debris on road from flooding. Picture: Twitter @Intanzi to @EWNTraffic.

JOHANNESBURG - As heavy rain continues in parts of Gauteng, Johannesburg emergency services say search and rescue operations have been called off for the day.

Severe down pours and possible hail storms are expected in the province and neighbouring provinces throughout Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday morning

The province was lashed last week by storms, with flash floods claiming seven lives and displacing hundreds of people along the Jukskei River.

Rescue operations including the search for a three-year-old girl who went missing on Wednesday have been called off indefinitely.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said: “The rain has just come and we’ve taken a decision to stop for now to see if it doesn’t subside and we can continue. It’s been a very difficult search.”