Four dead in Joburg floods

Four dead in Joburg floods

Gauteng Traffic Police have confirmed that at least two people drowned while another two died in separate accidents during yesterday's floods in the Joburg area. 

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Flash floods struck parts of Johannesburg and the East Rand late yesterday afternoon.

Cars were swept away by flash floods, leaving motorists stranded while the N3 and R24 highways came to a complete standstill as a result of water flooding the highways.

According to Gauteng Traffic Police's, Busaphi Nxumalo, the roads have been cleared while mop-up operations are underway at O.R. Tambo International Airport this morning.

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"We urge motorists not to drive into flooded areas, thinking they can drive through the water. This is dangerous and people often underestimate the power of water," she said.

Parking bays at O.R. Tambo Airport were flooded while some flights had to be re-routed to Lanseria airport.

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The SA Weather Service has again issued a warning of heavy rain in parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West Province heading into the weekend.

Forecaster, Wayne Venter told Jacaranda FM News that there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms today.

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"Tomorrow we have an 80% chance of showers in parts of Mpumalanga and Gauteng that will head into the weekend. We do have some rainfall forecast for Saturday," Venter said.

The weather service also issued a warning of severe thunderstorms today with gale force winds expected in the Cape Peninsula.

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