Heavy rainfall contributed to road accidents

There have been 23 road accidents in Johannesburg alone on Sunday. It’s a significant drop from the over 70 recorded on Saturday.

According to traffic department stats, over 60% of the death toll recorded on the provincial roads involves pedestrians. Gauteng is one of the provinces to record the highest number pedestrian fatality since the beginning of the festive season.

The heavy rainfall and flash flooding have also contributed to the crashes.

Motorists have been urged to drive cautiously and to switch on their head lights.

Two incidents of minor flooding have also been reported in the Johannesburg area.

Heavy rains and localised flooding have resulted in chaos on the roads and difficulties in residential areas. And it seems the persistent rain is not letting up.

Meteorologist Siphesihle Kunene says, As you can see provinces such as Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng are expecting 30% chance of rain fall. We still have a warning from the weather service of high rainfall in parts of Gauteng, and those other areas.

Smit Street, off the M1 North, had to be closed off after the road flooded overnight.

The situation was compounded by blocked storm water drains. Municipal workers cleared the drains of debris so that water could be pumped out.

The inclement weather has also impacted on traffic flows on the roads.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says, There has been a decline in the volumes of people coming into Gauteng it seems the majority of people are home traffic volumes have decreased. But we are still appealing to motorists to take it easy on the roads.

Communities most affected are Alexandra Township and the Driezik area near Orange Farm. Several homes suffered minor water damage.

Emergency Services Robert Mulaudzi says, We are monitoring the river streams because overnight we might get some more rains, we also want to thank our residents out there, they seem to be listening to our calls we haven’t had any major incidents about flash floods.

Residents have been urged to be on high alert.

With rainy weather forecast over most parts of the country emergency officials are urging residents living in low lying areas to be cautious of possible flooding.

Source: SABC News

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