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Heavy rains affect infrastructure and people in South Africa

Pretoria, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The persistent rains in most regions of South Africa have affected different infrastructures and hundreds of people; the situation keeps authorities and emergency services on alert on Wednesday.

Among other damages, the intense rainfall in the last few days and hours left houses flooded or destroyed while several walls and portions of roads collapsed.

In the central Gauteng province, Johannesburg City Public Safety Minister David Tembe said that the Emergency Management Services (EMS) officials were overwhelmed with reports from all parts of the city.

The adverse weather conditions remain in several areas, the EMS revealed that 339 people were affected by the floods that occurred on Friday and Saturday, and 269 structures, including houses and shacks, were destroyed.

In the Western Cape province, Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said that approximately 50 houses were inundated with informal settlements in Masiphumelele, where the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) was activated to provide humanitarian assistance.

The City Power energy company appealed to customers for their patience and cooperation as it strives to restore power to flood-affected areas of Johannesburg.