Flash Flooding in Johannesburg South Africa

Joburg Zoo wall collapses, vehicles pushed off highway in flood disaster

A boundary wall on Jan Smuts Avenue at the Johannesburg Zoo has fall following flash flooding disaster on Wednesday night.

Hundreds of car drowned down the N3 Road. A spokesperson at EMER-G-MED Max Cohen said more than 10 vehicles pushed off the highway down and were completely submerged.

Seven people are  death and several people missing. The zoo’s spokesperson Noeleen Mattera told the local newspaper that she would comment once the damage cause is assess. It is not yet clear whether any animals were on the loose. The storm left various parts of Johannesburg heavily flooded and caused traffic congestion on major highways.

Areas like Alexandra township, Midrand, Bedfordview, Bryanston, Sandton, Edenvale and Johannesburg central also reported flooding. A number of roads remain closed due to damage or blockage from debris.Hundreds of vehicles affected by the incident. Motorists are warn to avoid the area as the highway would remain closed for some time.

Flights out of OR Tambo International Airport are also delayed as the stormy weather hit Johannesburg. Official have warned the public to stay off the road today from 3:30pm as they expect further flash floods this afternoon.

 

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