Fires force road closure

2013-09-20 07:28

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Bloemfontein - The N6 between Rouxville, in the Free State, and Aliwal North, in the Eastern Cape, has been closed because of veld fires, the Free State roads department said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Saki Mohoni said the road was closed at 15:00 on Thursday.

Firefighters were also battling a veld fire in the mountains between Rosendal and Fouriesburg, in the eastern Free State.

Dust carried by strong winds had shrouded Bloemfontein in near darkness on Thursday afternoon.

Cape floods

In Cape Town, residents in low-lying areas were warned against possible flooding because of persistent heavy rains on Thursday.

"A flood alert has been issued for areas in the Cape Metropolitan as dams, canals and reservoirs are filled to capacity as a result of persistent heavy rains," said city spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

He said the greater part of the Cape Flats in the low-lying and flood-plain areas was already saturated because of heavy rainfall last month.

The city advised residents near the Eerste River system, the Lourens River at Somerset West, Cape Flats informal settlements and Diep River to be on the alert.

Farmers in these areas were urged to take the necessary action to protect their crops and livestock, said Solomons-Johannes

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