Flood warning to be issued

2011-01-05 09:00

The water affairs department was expected to issue a flood warning

today after two days of heavy rainfall devastated parts of the country.


“The water capacity of dams is overflowing and we will issue a

flood warning shortly,” spokesperson Linda Page said.


The heavy downpour affected various areas including Moretele,

Hammanskraal, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Roosboom, Driefontein, Mamelodi, Nkandla and

Nquthu.


The office of mayor Raymond Motsepe from the Bojanala Platinum

District Municipality said an emergency relief delegation was expected to be

sent to the Moretele and Hammanskraal area today.


Moretele and Hammanskraal are situated near the North West province

border.


In Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, about 50 houses were flooded

yesterday.


The central business district was affected and businesses were

forced to close.


Houses in Roosboom, Driefontein, and Newcastle were flooded.


The Gift of the Givers said teams from Johannesburg and

Pietermaritzburg were ready to respond to the affected areas.


“Our teams at both offices are ready to respond if local and

provincial authorities request assistance outside government departments,”

spokesperson Imtiaz Sooliman said.


“Having 18 vehicles of our own, including five trucks and more than

R15 million in backup supplies we are well positioned to respond if

needed.”


He said they had tents, blankets, new clothing, shoes, bottled

water, cooked food, food parcels and hygiene packs available if necessary.


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