SABC News - Severe flood warning across SA:Sunday 20 January 2013

Severe flood warning across SA

Sunday 20 January 2013 20:28


On Friday, 31 houses were flooded at Kanana in the North West(SABC)

The Musina Municipality has issued a flood warning to people living close to the banks of the Limpopo river to evacuate their houses. The river is in flood due to continuing heavy rain.


Municipal spokesperson, Wilson Dzebu, says Samaria village has already been surrounded by water and an air force helicopter has been sent for to rescue residents. Several bridges in the area are submerged by flood water.

Rockfalls have meanwhile been reported on the N1 between Makhado and Musina. Motorists have been advised to drive carefully close to the Hendrik Verwoerd tunnel.

In Mpumalanga, four entrance gates to the Kruger National Park have been closed due to flooding.  Park spokesperson William Mabasa says the Crocodile Bridge, Orpen, the Pafuri and the Punda Maria Gates have been shut. Helicopters were earlier used to take people inside the park to safety. Mabasa says a car was swept from a bridge but the occupants were rescued.


In KwaZulu-Natal, provincial spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said some roads had to be closed after heavy rains blocked several drainage systems in the northern parts of the province.


"A disaster management team was mobilised and sent to eMpangeni to clear several roads where the water drainage systems were blocked," said Mabaso. He said a disaster management team had since been activated and was monitoring the situation.


On Friday, 31 houses were flooded at Kanana in the North West, officials said today.  Provincial spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said a disaster management team was assessing the damages.


 "No other serious crises were reported including at our borders where we were expecting an influx of visitors from Botswana for the Cup of African," said Kgwele.


Gauteng authorities said no serious incidents were reported in the province during the recent heavy rains. – Additional reporting by Sapa

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