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Two rescued as heavy rain pelts Joburg

Johannesburg - Two people were rescued in Diepsloot after their vehicle was caught in floodwaters as heavy rains fell in Johannesburg, Johannesburg metro police said on Friday.

Spokesman Wayne Minnaar said no injuries were reported in that incident.

Cars and buses try to manouver through traffic in Sauer streets as the weather changes. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: INLSA

He advised motorists to drive with special care as several accidents were reported around the city.

“Roads were flooded in Klipspruit Valley road and Khumalo street in Orlando West in Soweto. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and can use Ncube drive in Dube as an alternative route,” he said.

“Three vehicles were involved in an accident on the M1 near Grayston drive bridge and three more vehicles were also involved in an accident in Kingsway road and Cookham street in Auckland Park,” he said.

“We appeal to motorists to be cautious on the roads during this rainy season.”

Johannesburg emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said the rainy weather had caused several accidents across Johannesburg in the morning.

“We are on high alert. We will be monitoring all the low-lying areas,” he said.

He warned motorists to avoid flooded areas.

“If a road is flooded, take an alternative route. Motorists and pedestrians need to be vigilant,” said Mulaudzi. - Sapa

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