Gauteng flooding displaces families

2013-04-20 22:12
Floods. (File, AFP)

Floods. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - One hundred and thirty six people were left homeless when their shacks were destroyed by floods in Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg emergency services said on Saturday.

The people were being moved to Khayalethu care centre in the area and supplied with blankets and food, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

"We are facilitating the relief processes" he said.

The department of social development, housing, Gift of the Givers and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) were also assisting.

Mulaudzi said the water levels were still high at 1.5m.

No one was injured and process of moving people to the hall started around 15:00.

Earlier on Saturday, several motorists and passengers were rescued after they were trapped in flooded roads in Soweto, emergency services said on Saturday.

"They were rescued at Klipspruit Valley and New Canada roads after their vehicles were trapped as a result of heavy rainfall. The roads remain closed," said City of Joburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

Four people from two sedans and a taxi were rescued at New Canada road, opposite New Canada train station.

The vehicles were trapped on the flooded road under a bridge in the morning.

Three other people were also rescued from two vehicles at Klipspruit Valley road in Nancefield.

No injuries were reported, said Mulaudzi.
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