GP govt to declare parts of Gauteng disaster areas after storm

The decision which was taken on Wednesday comes after the storm left a trail of destruction in parts of Gauteng.

The Wedge complex in Honeydew was destroyed by massive hailstorm that hit Gauteng on 9 October 2017.  Picture: Louise McAullife/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government has announced it intends declaring some parts of the province disaster areas following severe storms and strong winds that hit the province on Monday.

The decision which was taken on Wednesday comes after the storm left a trail of destruction in parts of the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand.

The provincial government says approximately 840 houses have been damaged by the storm, leaving 1,600 people affected and five people dead.

Two schools have also been damaged.

Gauteng premier spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said: “The Department of Infrastructure Development is already on site trying to assist with restoring where the damage occurred. But the executive council took the decision that the premier should declare some part as disaster areas.”

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POWER OUTAGES

At the same time, City Power says its experiencing power outages in the northern part of Johannesburg as the result of heavy rainstorms.

The power utility says the storm caused electricity cables failure while in certain areas trees fell on overhead lines, causing the electricity to trip.

City Power spokesperson Sol Masolo said: “What is happening now is that our teams have been working through the day and will be working through the night [to restore power].”