Eastern Cape residents are bracing themselves for more heavy rain this weekend. Four people have drowned after heavy downpours swamped the province.
The worst hit are the two metros: Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City. Evacuations are underway in many parts of the flood-ravaged province.
Personnel in all municipalities are on alert. Roads remain closed and there’s extensive damage to some houses. Joint Operation Centres have been set up in most of the major towns. The Baviaanskloof area is cut off as roads are impassable.
Eskom is dealing with outages throughout the province. Fire stations are on alert as rivers are expected to burst their banks in the next 24 hours. The N2 between Peddie and King William’s Town is also partly closed.
The Weather Service has issued a warning of heavy rainfalls and severe thunderstorms in various parts of the country this weekend.
These include western Limpopo, the Mpumalanga Highveld, places in KwaZulu-Natal and in the Western Cape, the Overberg, southern parts of the Cape Winelands and the Eden District around Knysna.