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Death toll rises to six following flash floods in Gauteng

Six people died, more missing in Johannesburg following flash floods that affected parts of the city on Wednesday.

According to Gauteng government areas around Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni were affected by the flood.

Over 100 vehicles were affected by heavy floods in east of Johannesburg and numerous vehicles were caught in water for about two kilometres.

It is believed that 10 cars were pushed off the highway, down an embankment and some have been completely submerged in the river.

The provincial government stated that it will be doing everything possible to clear the affected roads.

Furthermore OR Tambo International airport also announced that there will be flight delays.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe advised passengers to liaise with their respective airlines on the status of weather conditions.

“Passengers are advised that flight delays are being experienced due to bad weather conditions, Please liaise with your airline on the status of your flight,” Mathe said.

Meanwhile Metrorail Trains Service between Germiston and Kaalfontein have also been halted.

Metrorail Spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng confirmed that trains running between Germiston and Kaalfontien were affected.

“Trains running between Germiston and Kaalfontein are affected,trains from Johannesburg to Pretoria and Tembisa are turning around at Germiston station also Trains from Pretoria and Tembisa are terminating at Kaalfontein,”Mofokeng said.

“Alternative transport arrangements in the form of buses cannot be effected due to flooded roads around the Ekurhuleni area,The Perway technical team is on site assessing the impact on the tracks and will advise when if it is safe to resume the train service,” Mofokeng said.