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More heavy rain expected

Tropical storm Eloise has caused havoc in parts of Limpopo, with several roads and bridges flooded, while trees have been uprooted.

The cyclone has been downgraded to an overland depression as Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo are bracing for more strong winds and flash floods.

This comes as it already caused flooding in Mozambique’s coastal city of Beira, when the cyclone hit that country on Saturday.

Residents back home in hot spot areas have been urged to stay at home and not cross flooded bridges.

Weather forecaster Wayne Venter said that more heavy rain could be expected in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

“We still have that warning for the possibility of heavy rainfall, widespread flooding for the eastern parts of Mpumalanga, the eastern parts of Limpopo, the south-western parts of Limpopo as well as the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, especially in the morning hours.”

The African National Congress (ANC)’s spokesperson in the Peter Mokaba region in Limpopo, Jimmy Machaka.

“Roads and bridges have been damaged and trees have fallen on the roads causing congestion and traffic on our roads. We are pleading with community members to remain calm and remain at home.”

Three Boys Drown after Heavy Rain

The bodies of three boys were found in an incomplete stormwater trench in Hammanskraal on Saturday.  It is believed that the children, two 10-year-olds and one nine-year-old, were found in the trench which had accumulated water after the heavy rains that lashed parts of Gauteng over the past 48 hours.

The circumstances surrounding the tragedy were still unclear, but authorities confirmed the bodies were discovered by bystanders.  Emergency Services from Tshwane and police will investigate the incident.

Throughout Gauteng mop-up operations were underway following localised flooding and damage caused by overnight rain. “Incidents of flooding were reported to the Tshwane Emergency Services Call Centre related to the heavy rains experienced in various parts of the city on 20 November 2020. No loss of life or injuries were reported as a result of the heavy downpours. Major traffic backblocks, flooded roads and bridges, vehicles stuck in water, uprooted trees, and flooded houses were reported in various parts of the city,” said emergency services in a statement.

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