Flash floods: Search for missing girl enters 5th day

At least seven people have been killed after heavy rain & a body recovered near the Jukskei River at the weekend.

The Jukskei River in Alexandra pictured following floods in the area on 10 November 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The search operation for a missing three-year-old girl swept away during last week’s flash floods in Gauteng, is on Monday entering its fifth day.

At least seven people were killed after heavy rain and the body of a woman who was six months pregnant was recovered near the Jukskei River at the weekend.

At the same time, the South African Weather Service has implemented a watch alert, saying there’s a 60 percent chance of heavy rain in Gauteng again today.

The Weather Service says this could lead to severe downpours, thunder, and hailstorms.

Forecaster Wayne Venter says, “We’ve a 60 percent chance for thundershowers, mainly for the afternoons and into evening hours. There’s a possibility of hail, heavy downpours and strong winds.”

Meanwhile, Gauteng dwellers will have some relief as the water levels at the Vaal Dam have increased from 26.5 percent recorded on Friday to 27.7 percent.

This comes as a result of continuous rain at the dam’s water catchment areas.

The Department of Water and Sanitation says they are far from their targeted 50 percent.

The department is urging Johannesburg residents to use water sparingly.