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Gauteng EMS ready to evacuate residents from flood areas

Gauteng emergency medical services will work closely with the weather service this rainy season to evacuate residents living in low-lying areas who could be affected by the downpours.

Setswetla residents in Alexandra say they know about the danger of living along the Jukskei River but they have nowhere to go. Picture Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng emergency medical services will work closely with the weather service this rainy season to evacuate residents living in low-lying areas who could be affected by the downpours.

Significant rainfall is expected this festive season.

Arnold Malotana, the CEO of Emergency Management Services in Gauteng, says: “We have an ongoing provincial disaster forum. We will proactively, together with the South African Weather Services, notify communities that could be affected. This also helps us to move people before a disaster happens rather than the approach used in the past.”

WATCH: Living in fear: Jukskei River water level rising

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)