Rain causes havoc in Eastern Cape

2012-10-21 14:26

East London - Rain continued to cause havoc in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, with parts of the N2 closed to traffic, Eastern Cape Disaster Management said on Sunday.

"There is a huge hole, about 25m wide and 50m deep on the N2, by the Pumba Game Reserve, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown," said Captain John Fobian.

"The road has been closed off and traffic is being diverted from Port Elizabeth to the Cradock Road N10 around Cookhouse and back to Grahamstown or East London."

Before the road collapsed on Saturday, a truck which had been caught in the flooding, overturned and police, divers and a rescue team were called to save the passengers.

While they were still involved in the rescue, another car hit a pothole and collided with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. One person died in the crash.

Completely saturated

"It was then that the road gave way, as it was completely saturated from all the rain we've had since 16 October," Fobian said.

The coastal road between Port Elizabeth, via Port Alfred, to East London was reopened at 07:30 on Sunday morning after landslides and flooding forced its closure on Saturday.

SABC reported that Kouga Municipality spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall said the Sand River bridge between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay had been washed away and the water was still strongly flowing.

According to the broadcaster, she said a technical team had assessed the damage and said it would not be possible to construct a pedestrian bridge, but that people were crossing the river where the water was flowing less strongly.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-21 14:38

    Where are the SANDF Engineers, see the letter N it means National. They are in Pretoria eating chicken instead of building bridges in flooded areas. We paid for the heavy equipement to be used not rusting away in a Army site. Get off your butts and work for a nation who pay your salaries

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-21 16:13

      You joking, right? Work? Bridges?

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-21 14:43

    First the government, now the rain...

  • clifftonvt - 2012-10-22 06:39

    The st francis bridge washes away everytime it rains. I remember my mom and little brother calling me saying they were stranded there for a couple of days... Seems you needs a 4x4 to navigate around our roads.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-22 11:01

    The N2 wsh away is way beyond anything that the SANDF can do even a temporary repair on...... about 30m of the entire road (as in from side to the other) is completely gone leaving a gaping nothingness plus the ground is very unstable and saturated....

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-24 09:12

    Eastern Cape roads need to be totally overhauled ! and drainage improved Bridges rehabilitated ..Gonna cost Big Bucks... dont even talk about the damage's to beachfront and sewerage systems

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