Floodwater warning as 2 swept away
The South African National Civic Organisation yesterday called for community education about the dangers of floodwater conditions.
Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu conveyed condolences to the families of a 26-year-old woman and a fire and rescue officer who were swept away by floodwaters at a bridge at Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga as the officer tried to rescue her from a trapped minibus taxi on Saturday.
“We appeal to road users to observe safe following distances and drive with caution as they approach small bridges and other flooding areas to avoid flooding, as the South African Weather Service predicts more rain for the next three months. With more rain, incidents of drowning may also increase,” Mahlangu said.
Motorists driving in flooded areas should be aware that when the side of the body of a vehicle made contact with water, the force increased rapidly, while the water also acted on the underside of the vehicle and could sweep the vehicle away. – ANA