Heavy rains cause major chaos across Gauteng

Heavy rains cause major chaos across Gauteng

- Parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria have been severely affected by rainfall in the past few days

- In Johannesburg, trees have been knocked over, massive sinkholes formed and homes were flooded

- Residents of Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Mamelodi are also being evacuated as the Jukskei River threatens to break its banks

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The continuous rainfall over the past few days has caused widespread issues, especially in Johannesburg.

Massive sinkholes have formed, while trees were knocked over and residents in flood-hit homes were driven out.

On Thursday night, spokepersons for the City of Johannesburg said roads across the city had been affected, as well as informal settlements.

Emergency services remain on high alert.

Briefly.co.za learned that the SA Weather Service warned of localised flooding in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State earlier this week.

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According to TimesLIVE, Nana Radebe, the Johannesburg EMS spokesman, said it had been a 'hectic' night. Radebe said several families from Diepsloot had to abandon their homes. It's believed these families spent the night at the local fire station.

Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg issued a warning to residents in flood-prone areas not to cross over water:

Traffic SA's Rob Beezy tweeted a warning about a massive sinkhole in the road leading to Valhalla from the R55 in Gauteng.

Eyewitness News also reported that the South African Weather Service confirmed floodingwas reported in parts of Pretoria, Centurion, Sandton, Randburg and Roodepoort.

Residents along the Jukskei River are being evacuated as the river threatens to break its banks. Affected areas include Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Mamelodi.

Weather forecasters also sent warnings regarding the Apies River and Hennops river. It's believed these rivers are reaching dangerously high levels.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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