Friday, March 7, 2014

Flood havoc in Johannesburg via SAPA: Several areas in Johannesburg are flooded, the Gauteng provincial government said on Friday. "Co-operative governance and traditional affairs' provincial disaster management centre (PDMC), together with emergency management services (EMS), are working round the clock to respond and offer aid in affected areas," said PDMC head Elias Sithole.

The most affected areas in the province were the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. Temporary accommodation, food parcels and blankets were provided to people displaced by the floods. "About 70 shacks in the Vusimuzi informal settlement near Tembisa, in Ekurhuleni, were flooded, and about 25 displaced families were moved to the community hall," Sithole said.

The PDMC and the municipal disaster management centre (MDMC) in the area had also cleared flooded roads and school yards in the municipality. "Blocked stormwater drainages were unblocked and the dammed water was able to flow, relieving the flooded roads."

About 90 shacks in Kliptown, Soweto, had also been flooded due to heavy rains in the area....

Soweto Township, shot by Matt-80, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license 

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