Johannesburg Flooding – Yesterday, a heavy rain left Johannesburg completely flooded. At least two persons at the moment have been declared dead.
The flood left cars stuck on the roads. Some people are reportedly missing.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department says that about 7 people were unaccounted for after their vehicles were washed away during the flooding.
Airline operations were also affected by the flood. Flights out of OR Tambo International Airport were delayed.
According to Jo’burg police spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, “approximately six vehicles drove over the embankment at around 20:00. Motorists are encouraged not to drive through roads which are flooded.”
As at 5pm yesterday, Lieutenant Kobedi Mokheseng, confirmed that the N3, N12 and R21 in and around the city were flooded.
The flood was so severe that it pulled down a boundary wall at the Johannesburg Zoo. Good enough nothing happened to both animals and staff of the establishment.
Jenny Moodley said:
“Thankfully there are no injuries, all our staff and the animals are accounted for. The animals are a bit stressed but they are okay.”
However, the zoo remains closed till further notice.
Gauteng Provincial Government spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo has advised motorists to avoid the R24, N3 and N12 around the Gillolys interchange. Highways would remain closed for a while as dwellers in low areas are requested to be on guard and avoid crossing flooded bridges at this time.
According to him, an estimated 100 vehicles were stuck on the submerged roads. Emergency workers have taken to the flooded roads to help affected and trapped victims.
Some homes and infrastructures in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Eastern Cape have been damaged by hailstorms. The Johannesburg flooding on Wednesday night also destroyed school facilities, electricity and telephone lines.
Rescue groups have been dispatched to affected communities to assist victims and note the rate of damages done to the area.