South Africa – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Gauteng

Hundreds of people have been rescued after days of heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Gauteng Province, South Africa.

floods in Gauteng, South Africa, December 2019. Photo: City of Tshwane / Facebook

Worst affected are areas on the outskirts of Pretoria, where flooding left cars and buses submerged and residents trapped in buildings. Flooding has also caused widespread power cuts. Some areas of Pretoria recorded more than 200mm of rain in 48 hours to 10 December, 2019.

Emergency services and South Africa National Defence Force helicopters were called on to rescue around 200 people from flooded homes or trapped vehicles in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria and part of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. A further 150 people had to be rescued from a church in Mamelodi that was surrounded by flood water.

Hundreds or people have evacuated their homes. There were some reports of makeshift homes being swept away. The Municipality said that public buildings, churches and a sports stadium have been opened to house those displaced.

South of Pretoria, flooding in Centurion also left motorists stranded. Guests and staff were evacuated after the Centurion Lake Hotel was flooded.

News 24 reported that 1 person died on 09 December when flash floods swept a vehicle from a low-lying bridge close to Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province, about 35km west of Pretoria. One person managed to escape the vehicle.

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