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Stormy weather across the country has caused chaos and disaster. Get all the details here.
Round-up: A tornado that hit a mall in Tembisa also ravaged through a number of shacks in the area. Tembisa Hospital was also affected by the tornado, emergency officials said.
On arrival paramedics found that four people, including a 3-year-old boy, had freed themselves or been rescued by bystanders. They were treated on-scene before being transported by EMER-G-MED to various nearby facilities.
Local authorities are on the scene to investigate and provide disaster relief.
Take note of this road closure in Cape Town:Chapmans Peak Drive is closed in both directions as there are rocks on roadway.
Assessments have been completed in informal settlements in the Philippi, Langa, Khayelitsha and Strand areas. At this stage we are assisting approximately 9 000 people who have been inconvenienced by the heavy downpour and are now in damp conditions.
Our NGO partners have been activated to supply humanitarian relief in the form of hot meals and blankets.
The City's Human Settlements Department have supplied flood kits.At this stage no emergency sheltering have been activated.The rain will continue until Thursday.
#Tornado #PhumulaniMall The crowd outside the mall keeps growing. Security now emptying the ATM'S as they are all off.MV— Maryke Vermaak (@MarykeVermaak) July 26, 2016
#Tornado #PhumulaniMall The crowd outside the mall keeps growing. Security now emptying the ATM'S as they are all off.MV
"@EMER_G_MED: Images from the scene at Pumlani Mall @IamAlexSweet @News24 pic.twitter.com/JOxuKlqqs2"— #Young professional (@EvelynThsehla) July 26, 2016
"@EMER_G_MED: Images from the scene at Pumlani Mall @IamAlexSweet @News24 pic.twitter.com/JOxuKlqqs2"
Winter weather Durban north beach @News24 pic.twitter.com/m7sqYYNzxr— fathima kajee (@fmkajee) July 26, 2016
Winter weather Durban north beach @News24 pic.twitter.com/m7sqYYNzxr
The roof at Phumulani Mall in Tembisa has collapsed, causing injuries
to an unknown number of people, the mall's management said on Tuesday.
spokesperson, Godfrey Mashakgomo, told News24 several people were injured when
the roof collapsed during a heavy storm in the area. The exact number
of injuries is yet to be confirmed.
Second tornado spotted in #Gauteng in 24 hours https://t.co/zU5EUuwbtw pic.twitter.com/956GmIaXz4 Via @ewnupdates #Tornado— JC MacFarlane (@Macfarlane123) July 26, 2016
Second tornado spotted in #Gauteng in 24 hours https://t.co/zU5EUuwbtw pic.twitter.com/956GmIaXz4 Via @ewnupdates #Tornado
Traffic update: Cape Town
Flooding on Strand Street, the elevated freeway at the FW de Klerk Blvd/Nelson Mandela Blvd split, and De Waal Drive is hampering traffic out of the city, eyewitnesses say.
#CPTTraffic On the Elevated Freeway outbound at the FW de Klerk Blvd/ Nelson Mandela Blvd split, the road is flooded https://t.co/YkXfsT0gQb— EWN Traffic (@EWNTraffic) July 26, 2016
#CPTTraffic On the Elevated Freeway outbound at the FW de Klerk Blvd/ Nelson Mandela Blvd split, the road is flooded https://t.co/YkXfsT0gQb
The adverse weather conditions are expected to continue across large parts of the Western Cape until Thursday.
Provincial spokesperson for minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning James-Brent Styan said heavy rain can still be expected in the Overberg and Peninsula region, along the West Coast, its adjacent interior and the Cape Winelands.
"In addition gale force wind and very cold weather conditions can be expected,” he said.
More than 9000 people have been affected by flooding in Cape Town, the City's Disaster Risk Management has confirmed.
Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said NGOs have been called in to assist with blankets and hot meals for 6000 people in Philippi and 3200 in Khayelitsha after 2300 homes were affected by heavy rains.
Here are 13 tips from Arrive Alive (AA) on how best to manage driving in bad weather:
- Ensure your
headlights and brake lights are working;
Switch on your
headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts
other drivers to your presence on the road;
- Ensure your
windscreen and wipers are in good condition;
- Check that your tyres
are in good shape;
- Don’t speed, and
maintain a safe following distance;
- Buckle up;
- Don’t cross low-lying
bridges, even if you think your car can make it;
- Slow down before
entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the
side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks;
- Avoid areas where
there are known to be adverse conditions;
- Adjust your speed for
the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean
it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions;
- Concentrate on the
road, not on anything else such as electronic devices;
- If you are going to an area known to have bad
weather, and there is a possibility you may to stuck for extended periods,
remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and
ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey;
- Keep your cellphone
charged in case of an emergency.
Traffic Update: Cape Town
There are reports of an overturned vehicle on the N2 inbound at New Market Street, Cape Town. Drivers are advised to approach with caution.
#CPTTraffic Overturned vehicle: N2 inbound at New Market St, right lane blocked. Please approach with caution. pic.twitter.com/S4qBU9WWif— Netstar Traffic (@netstartraffic) July 26, 2016
#CPTTraffic Overturned vehicle: N2 inbound at New Market St, right lane blocked. Please approach with caution. pic.twitter.com/S4qBU9WWif
It is snowing in the Matroosberg Reserve near Ceres in the Western Cape. Heavy
snowfalls are predicted for the area on Tuesday.
Two more bodies have been found on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the death toll to three in the wake of harsh storms and flooding in the country.
(Photo Credit: Police Search and Rescue)
OR Tambo hit by thunderstorm delays
Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport confirmed on Tuesday that "a few flights were delayed due to bad weather conditions", but that 90% of schedules have been restored back to normal.
According to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), aircraft engineers had to pause their services for 15 minutes due to lightning activity. This caused delays on some domestic flights.
Third body found in KZN
Durban - The body of a man was pulled from the mud on Monday morning after a landslide destroyed several shacks in Cato Manor.
Police Search and Rescue Unit officers had started the rescue effort last night, but abandoned their bid due to heavy rain.
It is understood that rescue technicians with aid of specialist dogs managed to locate the man’s body and pull it from the mud and debris on Tuesday.
This brings the total killed in Monday's flooding to three.
Death toll rises to two
The body of a Chatsworth woman whose car was washed off a low-lying bridge in Silverglen on Monday night has been found.
This follows a lengthy operation by members of the police’s Search and Rescue Unit in Durban.
The woman was presumed drowned when her car was washed off the bridge and she was seen trying to clamber from the vehicle.
1 dead in KZN flooding – Cogta
The department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has confirmed one person died in flooding in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening.
Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube extended condolences on behalf of Premier Willies Mchunu and government to the family that lost a relative in the inclement weather.
More to follow.
hikers on Table Mountain were Dutch tourists
and Rescue spokesperson Johan Marais said two of the three stranded hikers on
Table Mountain on Monday evening were Dutch tourists.
woman acted as their guide up the India Venster route.
“It took them longer
than anticipated and by the time they reached the top of the mountain foul weather
and mist had moved in. They did not have
warm clothing, rain gear or torches with them took shelter in the building at
the upper cable station equipped for stranded persons.”
the female called her mother in Durban who in turn contacted the Fire Station
in Cape Town, who passed the call on to WSAR.
The WSAR operatives
brought warm clothes and rain gear and escorted the guide, 47-year-old man and
13-year old girl down Platteklip Gorge.
Traffic Update: Cape Town
An ambulance has arrived at the scene of an accident on the N1 inbound in Plattekloof, Cape Town.
Update: Crash: N1 Inbound at Plattekloof, Two lanes closed, Expect delays https://t.co/2m4le3F4BR pic.twitter.com/NvB80KXRBu— Cape Town FMS (@CapeTownFreeway) July 26, 2016
Update: Crash: N1 Inbound at Plattekloof, Two lanes closed, Expect delays https://t.co/2m4le3F4BR pic.twitter.com/NvB80KXRBu
Left lane closed on the N1 inbound at Plattekloof.
Update: Crash: N1 Inbound at Plattekloof, Left lane closed, Expect delays pic.twitter.com/ReaaJBh9SD https://t.co/C5td15in1A— PUBLICSERVANT AS (@PSASECWC247) July 26, 2016
Update: Crash: N1 Inbound at Plattekloof, Left lane closed, Expect delays pic.twitter.com/ReaaJBh9SD https://t.co/C5td15in1A
KZN weather records set
The South African Weather Service has confirmed a number of records have been set on Tuesday after extremely heavy rainfall fell across parts of KwaZulu-Natal overnight.
Delays at King Shaka International
Durban's King Shaka International Airport is urging travellers to allow extra time for travel to the airport, and also to liaise with individual airlines on the status of flights, as heavy rain in the area is causing delays.
Due to bad weather conditions in Durban,allow extra time for travel to the airport & liaise with your airline on the status of your flight— King Shaka Int (@kingshakaint) July 25, 2016
Due to bad weather conditions in Durban,allow extra time for travel to the airport & liaise with your airline on the status of your flight
Driving through water can be incredibly dangerous and cause serious damage to your vehicle.
Three people rescued on Table Mountain
Three people were stranded on Table Mountain on Monday evening following bad weather in Cape Town, Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johann Marais said.
"Around 20:00 tonight [Monday] we received word that three persons were stranded on top of table mountain," Marais said.
"They were directed to take shelter in one of the buildings after the WSAR gave them the combination for the lock on the door. This room is stocked with emergency supplies and blankets for eventualities such as these."
The three were eventually rescued by a small team of Search and Rescue personnel who climbed up Platteklip Gorge.
They climbed down the mountain around 22:00 and reached Lower Cable Road just before midnight.
No one was injured.
Durban - RT @RheaMorar @TrafficSA sinkhole complete with truck on Teakwood Road ?? #DurbanRain pic.twitter.com/qOg0ur3tJO— Rob Byrne (@TrafficSA) July 26, 2016
Durban - RT @RheaMorar @TrafficSA sinkhole complete with truck on Teakwood Road ?? #DurbanRain pic.twitter.com/qOg0ur3tJO
RT Crash: N3 to DBN at Cliffdale I/C; Expect delays. pic.twitter.com/VlGKFTf82L— Traffic Alertz KZN (@traffickzn) July 26, 2016
RT Crash: N3 to DBN at Cliffdale I/C; Expect delays. pic.twitter.com/VlGKFTf82L
Tornado in Magaliesburg
Extreme weather of a different kind hit the more northern parts of SA in the Magaliesburg.
Mario Ferreira posted a video to YouTube, showing what he calls a "tornado going past Koesterfontein Magaliesburg on Monday afternoon.
Image: (Screengrab, Mario Ferreira)
Heavy mist in Joburg. Traffic moving slowly.
JHB - MIST: RT @iamReag @TrafficSA Heavy Mist in Parktown by Wits Education Campus. Traffic moving slow pic.twitter.com/jxtwuX4hCe— Rob Byrne (@TrafficSA) July 26, 2016
JHB - MIST: RT @iamReag @TrafficSA Heavy Mist in Parktown by Wits Education Campus. Traffic moving slow pic.twitter.com/jxtwuX4hCe
Congestion, N1 Inbound at Elevated Freeway, Expect delays pic.twitter.com/5ux28yjqvi— Cape Town FMS (@CapeTownFreeway) July 26, 2016
Congestion, N1 Inbound at Elevated Freeway, Expect delays pic.twitter.com/5ux28yjqvi
Another image of Saps Search and Rescue saving a 16-year-old girl who had been trapped on a submerged island in the middle of a river in Umbumbulu, south of Durban. (Police Search and Rescue, Facebook)
Teen rescued after getting trapped on mini islandA 16-year-old girl has been rescued by Saps Search and Rescue after she got trapped on a submerged island in the middle of a river in Umbumbulu, south of Durban.
Upon arrival a member of the community attempted to swim out to assist her and was also trapped in the river.
Police divers and a member from NSRI swam across to the pair and brought them back across the river to be treated by EMS for severe hypothermia and exhaustion.
Image: (Police Search and Rescue, Facebook)
WATCH: Stanger Ambulance Bay flooded
EMS personnel have said there have been no fatalities in the
areas from Ilembe down to Ugu south of Durban.
“Several rescues were performed when cars were washed away
due to the flood waters. One such incident was on the south coast where a
family of three were swept off a bridge. They had to swim several kilometers down
river to find a place to safely get out of the water.”
Report any emergencies to 10177.
Durban - RT @_Moolla ??ROAD WASHED AWAY?? Tiger Rocks Rd Isipingo Beach @TrafficSA #DurbanFloods pic.twitter.com/kd9zbD0auw— Rob Byrne (@TrafficSA) July 26, 2016
Durban - RT @_Moolla ??ROAD WASHED AWAY?? Tiger Rocks Rd Isipingo Beach @TrafficSA #DurbanFloods pic.twitter.com/kd9zbD0auw
Port Elizabeth - #FLOODING 3rd Avenue, ROAD CLOSED at the Newton Park dip section— Rob Byrne (@TrafficSA) July 26, 2016
Port Elizabeth - #FLOODING 3rd Avenue, ROAD CLOSED at the Newton Park dip section
Flooding in the Isipingo Beach Area South of #Durban #DurbanFloods #DurbanRain (25-07-16) pic.twitter.com/fwGjVCOpQ6— Møøll?? (@_Moolla) July 26, 2016
Flooding in the Isipingo Beach Area South of #Durban #DurbanFloods #DurbanRain (25-07-16) pic.twitter.com/fwGjVCOpQ6
? Weather Alert:? COLD SNAP ?Monday?5|15°C?56%Tuesday?3|12°C?56%Wednesday?0|12°C?25%Thursday?1|14°CFriday?2|16°C#JHBWeather ^LL— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) July 25, 2016
? Weather Alert:? COLD SNAP ?Monday?5|15°C?56%Tuesday?3|12°C?56%Wednesday?0|12°C?25%Thursday?1|14°CFriday?2|16°C#JHBWeather ^LL
Weather Update: Snow, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast across SAhttps://t.co/F8AALRovdr pic.twitter.com/MP9f32tzZM— Traveller24_SA (@Traveller24_SA) July 26, 2016
Weather Update: Snow, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast across SAhttps://t.co/F8AALRovdr pic.twitter.com/MP9f32tzZM
WAARSKUWING: Hewige donderstorms en sterk wind, hael en swaar neerslae oor Gauteng verwag.https://t.co/vHrFdWNjLd pic.twitter.com/epe8hKpJ0B— Netwerk24 (@Netwerk24) July 26, 2016
WAARSKUWING: Hewige donderstorms en sterk wind, hael en swaar neerslae oor Gauteng verwag.https://t.co/vHrFdWNjLd pic.twitter.com/epe8hKpJ0B
Many rescues done last night. It's still raining with a strong wing blowing. Plz drive carefully& slowly. Leave early for work— KZN EMS (@kznems) July 26, 2016
Many rescues done last night. It's still raining with a strong wing blowing. Plz drive carefully& slowly. Leave early for work
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