South African Army Roped in to Assist Flood Victims

Storms: Vehicles have been swept away by massive floods in Durban (File Photo).

Pretoria: SOUTH Africa’s military has been roped in to assist flood victims in the country’s Gauteng province, reports said.

Temporary shelter has been provided at the Tshepo-Themba Secondary school for the flood victims by Gauteng’s Emfuleni municipality.

Floods caused massive damage, eroding roads and destroying retaining walls in many of the homes in Zones 6, 3 and 13 and surrounding areas.

“The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) (SANDF) is also on the scene working on cleaning and clearing the channels to allow for storm water to make its way out of the residential areas and into a nearby stream,” municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba is quoted saying.

Gaba said disaster Management officials from Emfuleni and Sedibeng District Municipality have provided sandbags to affected areas to prevent further flooding and damage to property.

“However it must be noted that many residents have refused to leave their homes with many saying they have since managed to drain water out of their houses and yards.

“Emergency services remain on standby following overnight rains which led to minor incidents of flooding in some parts of the municipality.”

Source: Reporting by AllNetAfrica