The search continues for a missing person who disappeared in Douglasdale following flash floods that hit the City on Saturday.
According to Joburg Disaster Management Acting Director Tshepo Motlhale, the severe flash floods resulted in the drowning of an eight-year-old child in Mhlangeni informal settlement in Region C next to Princess, and caused extensive flooding, road closures and accidents on the roads.
The City established two temporary shelters in Kliptown, Region G, for about 300 displaced residents who were adversely affected by the flash floods, said Motlhale.
The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety, Cllr Mally Mokoena, led a team of disaster response joint operations committee at the Sandton Fire Station to assess and update on the situation the floods have caused in the City.
MMC Mokoena said the City has experienced a flash flood beyond the capacity of our storm water systems. “Unfortunately, any severe storm or flash flooding that occurs will result in isolated flooding as the road infrastructure is not designed for these severities.
“However, I wish to assure the public that EMS, Disaster Management team, JRA, Social Development, Community Development and City Power are working tirelessly to resolve blockages and repair faulty traffic lights resulting from the flash flood. JMPD officers have also been deployed to assist with traffic control to affected intersections.
“We are also aware of property and infrastructure that has also been damaged. I would also like to assure the public that the City is doing everything possible to assist communities and ensure that those affected are given emergency assistance,” said MMC Mokoena.
Motlhale said the relevant departments and entities were currently on the ground providing the following disaster response services:
• EMS was providing emergency medical care as well as search and rescue services to those injured and affected during the flash flood and ensuing damage.
• Disaster Management was facilitating temporary accommodation and relief supplies to victims.
• The Department of Health and Social Development, in conjunction with NGOs and the Provincial Government, were on the ground handing out blankets and food parcels to those who have tragically lost their belongings.
• The Department of Community Development opened community halls for those who have lost belongings to provide safe and dry shelter.
• The JRA was assessing the damage to infrastructure, clearing debris, silt and other obstructions to the roads, bridges and storm water drainage systems. JRA is in the process of cleaning up all roads in the City littered by debris, causing heavy traffic delays in certain areas.
Motlhale reported that in Setjwetla, over 200 households have been affected by the Jukskei River rising above average. Temporary accommodation has been arranged for affected households.
He urged residents to report blocked storm water drains to @MyJRA on Twiter or email email@example.com by providing the street name, the nearest street corner and the name of the suburb affected. For any emergencies, residents should contact 011 375 5911