SOUTH AFRICANS WARNED OF FLASH FLOODS, WET CONDITIONS THIS WEEK

JOHANNESBURG,The South African Weather Service has warned of flash floods as wet weather conditions are expected to persist throughout this week.

Four people have died in Northern Cape Province as heavy rain continues over most parts of the country. They went missing on Sunday after the Orange River burst its banks. Three of the four bodies were recovered on Tuesday.

In another incident, occupants of a car had to be rescued when their vehicle sank into a pothole about two metres deep.

Motorists have been warned to be extra vigilant on the wet roads and not to risk driving across flooded bridges.

Communities living in low-lying areas are on high alert.

The Jukskei river, which runs through Johannesburg, is already swelling up. In November 2016, a number of people drowned after the river burst its banks.

The authorities have reported that there have been more than 70 accidents and one fatality as a result of flooding in recent days.

Some streets have now been closed due to flash flooding and the authorities are gearing up for any eventuality.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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