More than 100 families evacuated in Rustenburg following floods

Residents outside their damaged homes by the storm that hit Alexandra in Johannesburg, 10 November 2016,that caused some flash floods in Alexandra’s Setswetla informal settlement, flooding houses and roads and leaving residents without access to their houses.Picture: Nigel Sibanda

On Thursday, the municipality had said two people had died in Phokeng after their car was swept away.

At least 113 families have been evacuated after their homes were flooded in Rustenburg, in the North West Province, the municipality said on Friday.

“Twenty-nine families have been relocated to the Old Kanana clinic after their homes were flooded, 38 families from Ramochana community have been moved to the Ben Marais hall next to town, and subsequently provided with food and blankets,” said municipality spokesperson Thapelo Matebesi.

He said 26 families from Sunrise View had been alternatively been accommodated at the local school hall and were also provided with food and blankets.

“Twenty families around the Kanana community have been rescued with boats due to flooding after the neighbouring dam overflowed and subsequently given alternative accommodation in various community facilities.”

He said scores of cars had been swept away on several roads due to the strong flowing waters.

He said contrary to initial reports, only one person was reported dead at Lemenong, in Phokeng, after his car was swept away by strong water.

On Thursday, the municipality had said two people had died in Phokeng after their car was swept away.

Matebesi said food parcels and blankets continued to be received by the municipality and were being distributed to needy stranded families in various wards as identified by deployed teams.
The affected communities were Boshoek, Rietvlei, Robega, Luka and Kanana.

“The team is still out in the field collating data with the objective to help us provide appropriate support and assistance still needed, as we work towards obtaining the total estimated damage costs,” said Matebesi.

“The municipality will continue to monitor the situation around the clock so as to avert further loss of life. Business, NGOs, CBOs, government departments and individuals are once again requested to donate food parcels, clothes, blankets or any kind of assistance so as to alleviate the plight of our people. Residents are cautioned to drive with absolute care.”

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