Friday, November 11, 2016

Fatal flash floods hit Johannesburg. The water level rose so quickly that people were trapped in their cars(video)

Early summer storms in South Africa have caused fatal flash floods in Johannesburg. At least six people are reported as dead in Gauteng, and more may be still missing.


Heavy rains caused national roads and the OR Tambo International Airport to flood on Wednesday afternoon. On approach roads and, indeed, other roads, many cars were washed away while drivers looked on helplessly.


  • The term “flash flood” was appropriate as the water level rose so quickly that people were trapped in their cars while on the highway. 


About 100 cars were reported as having been swept off the N3, the major freeway joining Johannesburg with Durban.

Hail fell in abundance around Johannesburg, ranging in size from small pellets to marbles. It fell to a depth of approximately 20cm in Pretoria.
 [aljazeera.com]
11/11/16
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