JMPD, Emergency Services urge people living near Jukskei River to seek alternative accommodation

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The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and Emergency Services have asked people living in structures or houses close to the Jukskei River in Alexandra to leave their homes immediately and move to higher ground.

JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar says residents should get alternative accommodation at neighbours living further up from the Jukskei River.

“People living close to the edge of Jukskei river in Alexandra are requested to leave their houses immediately and move to higher ground because of the Jukskei river being flooded and water levels could rise. The wall of one house has been washed away and there is a possibility of more damage. EMS and JMPD personnel are monitoring the situation closely. There has been no report of injury or deaths,” adds Minnaar.

On Monday, Emergency Services officials urged motorists to avoid flooded areas during the festive season after heavy rains in parts of the country, including Gauteng, Limpopo, and the Eastern Cape.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned that widespread showers and thundershowers would continue over much of the country on Monday, with KZN being given a Yellow Level Two warning.

Emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says motorists must continue to exercise caution on the roads.

Below is the full weather report: