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Flood warning

By admin
12 March 2014

The SA Weather Service has again issued a watch for flooding in the northern parts of the country - the 11th day in a row that the region may have to face stormy weather.

The SA Weather Service has again issued a watch for flooding in the northern parts of the country - the 11th day in a row that the region may have to face stormy weather.

The service warned of floods in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and eastern parts of the North West.

A task team, including the SA National Defence Force, is on standby to assist victims,Eyewitness News reported.

However, the news service quoted the National Disaster Management Centre as saying that it had not yet declared a state of emergency but that officials were on standby across the country.

Sapa reported on Tuesday that the North West provincial disaster management centre had issued an early flood warning to all municipalities after several bridges in the province were reportedly flooded due to heavy rains, Premier Thandi Modise's spokesperson, Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

"Motorists and pedestrians crossing flooding rivers are advised to exercise extreme caution and not to underestimate flood currents."

In Mpumalanga, 11 people drowned during the past week because of heavy rains. Another 12 were rescued.

In Limpopo, seven people were almost washed away in a bakkie in Zebediela, Polokwane, on Monday morning, ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said.

The SABC reported on Tuesday that the Vaal River was also expected to overflow.

Heavy rains had caused dams to release more water into the river.

The rainy weather conditions were expected to clear up in the north-eastern regions by Friday.

- News24