Two dead in Joburg, southern Cape flooded — and more rain to come Freak weather yesterday killed two people in Johannesburg and large parts of the southern Cape were devastated by floods.
A heavy thunderstorm hit Johannesburg at about 4pm, causing havoc on the roads. Thirty accidents were reported in the city within an hour of the storm breaking.
In the southern Cape, rescue workers in helicopters and boats battled to save scores of people threatened by raging flood waters. Torrential storms dumped more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours, washing away roads and flooding homes and farms from Hermanus to George.
Dramatic stories of survival and tragedy emerged after torrential rains battered the southern Cape, demolishing homes and sweeping away one of the world’s premier beaches. The holiday towns of Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George and Sedgefield were yesterday counting the cost of the worst flooding yet seen in the region. Up to 1800 people — evacuated by boats, air force helicopters and 4x4 vehicles — left their temporary shelters to find scenes of devastation as the rains let up. This is the WORST FLOODING PLETT HAS EVER SEEN.”