Motorists urged to be cautious after 6 people die due to flash floods

Six people have been confirmed dead after flash floods caused chaos on various major roads and intersections across Johannesburg on Thursday.

Heavy rains continued from late afternoon through the night, inundating emergency services as traffic was brought to a standstill.

702's John Robbie spoke to managing director of Joburg Roads Agency, Dr Shaun Phillips, on how the company is managing the issue.

Emer-G-Med paramedics are on-scene N3 Linksfield, where upwards of 70 cars have been flooded - some pushed off the road. Picture: @EMER_G_MED.

He cautioned motorists from driving through the floods and should rather wait for water levels to decrease as their cars could either be damaged or washed away.

The problem that occurred last night was not due to the blocked drains, it was due to unusually heavy rains. The drains aren't designed to deal with such heavy rainfall.

Dr Shaun Phillips, Joburg Roads Agency MD

Clean up operations are expected to resume today so the roads can re-open at a later stage.

Listen to the interview below:


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