South African Weather Service issues flood warning

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued another flood alert in Gauteng and other inland provinces. The Service says more heavy rainfall is expected on Thursday and Friday.  Provinces that could be mostly affected include Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Emergency Services remain on high alert.

“We currently have a warning out for heavy rain that could lead to localised up to widespread flooding over Gauteng, eastern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, the northern parts of the North West province, and over Mpumalanga, as well as the southern parts of Limpopo. Those are the areas that we have a warning out for heavy rains leading to localised and widespread flooding, this afternoon and this evening,” says Forecaster Mbavhi Maliage.

Meanwhile, the Tshwane Emergency Services has warned motorists to be vigilant when driving over low lying areas or when crossing low water bridges. Spokesperson, Johan Pieterse says they have not been called out to rescue any stranded motorists.

He says motorists must try to avoid low lying areas usually affected by constant rain, like Centurion, Pretoria North and Hammanskraal when driving home.

In Gauteng, emergency services have issued warning following heavy rains and possible floods across the province throughout the weekend.

Residents have been urged to be safe while motorists are warned to drive with extra caution.

Alexandra is just one of the 189 informal settlements prioritized by emergency service during rainy season.

Residents say there is nothing they can do to avoid possible flooding.

Emergency services say they are on high alert. Most vulnerable communities live along river banks and low lying areas.

Children are warned against playing along drainage systems and river stream.

Meteorologists say the wet weather will persist until next week.

No incidents have been reported so far.