Christelle du Toit
1 minute read
28 Jan 2021
12:36 pm

Level 5 rain alert issued for Gauteng, flood warning for large parts of SA

Christelle du Toit

According to the SAWS' Lehlohonolo Thobela, the rain will lead to flooding in low-lying areas, the disruption of basic services and the displacement of people in some informal settlements.

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of disruptive rain over large parts of the country on Thursday, with a level 5 warning issued for Gauteng.

According to the SAWS’ Lehlohonolo Thobela, the rain will lead to flooding in low-lying areas, the disruption of basic services and the displacement of people in some informal settlements.

Disruptions to traffic can also be expected.

“Most of Gauteng – especially areas like Centurion that are prone to floodings – will be affected with some already affected as we speak,” said Thobela.

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A level 5 orange warning has been issued by the SAWS over southern and western Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and the western bushveld of Limpopo.

A yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rainfall has been issued over the eastern parts of North West and the eastern Free State.

A yellow level 2 warning has been issued over the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape and in places in KwaZulu-Natal.

Thobela said the rain was partially due to the after-effects of tropical storm Eloise, but not exclusively.

“There is also a high-pressure system which has reached the country,” he noted.

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