Johannesburg – Floods affected eight provinces across the country, washed away 20 houses and damaged schools, roads, bridges, The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said on Friday.
Preliminary assessments indicated that 20 houses were washed away in Northern Cape by floods between December and early February, said spokesperson Vuyelwa Qhinga.
A total of [...]
Port Elizabeth – The Karoo was hit by flash floods at the weekend, The Herald reported on Monday.
More than 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday in and around the central Karoo towns of Graaff Reinet and Nieu Bethesda.
In some places, 75mm fell in just 30 minutes, causing farm dams to [...]
Cape Town – Government has set aside R800m for immediate relief to assist communities affected by the recent floods in the north of the country, President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday.
In his State of the Nation address to parliament, he said that as the country prepared for the upcoming local government elections, the country had [...]
Cairns – Australians voiced relief and surprise on Thursday after one of the world’s most powerful cyclones spared the nation’s northeast coast from expected devastation, with no reported deaths despite winds tearing off roofs and toppling trees.
Cyclone Yasi, roughly the size of Italy and packing winds of up to around 300km per hour, threatened Australia [...]
Bloemfontein – Flood damage to agricultural infrastructure and land caused by the recent heavy rains may be worse than expected, agricultural body TAU SA said on Friday.
TAU SA president Ben Marais said a preliminary survey among farmers in the flood stricken areas indicated that the estimated cost of direct damage to infrastructure was R1.82bn.
“However, this [...]
Johannesburg – Rainfall is expected for the rest of the week in the northern provinces and central interior of the country, but it is difficult to predict flooding, the SA Weather Service said on Tuesday.
“All the northern provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Free State and Gauteng can expect good rainfall,” forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng told [...]
Johannesburg – The City of Johannesburg is preparing for possible flooding on Friday, Johannesburg emergency services said.
Spokesperson Percy Morokane said: “The Weather Service has issued a prediction alert of between 60-80% chance of rainfall in the Highveld for Friday… that includes Johannesburg.”
He said the city had set up a joint operations centre and a flood [...]
Sydney – Australian troops and emergency workers were on Monday battling huge flooding in the country’s northeast that has left at least two people dead, with the worst devastation yet to come for some areas.
Up to 200 000 people are estimated to have been hit by the fast-flowing waters that have left 22 rural towns [...]
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Cape Town – South Africans can look forward to a wet summer this year, as there is apparently almost no chance of an El Niño phenomenon developing.
This is according to data compiled by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has developed a forecasting technique that is able to estimate [...]