PICS: Heavy rain, flooding as ex-Dineo sweeps over SA

2017-02-17 08:15 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town -As the tropical ex-cyclone Dineo dissipates over SA, heavy rainfall has hit the north-eastern parts of the country.

Flooding has occurred following heavy rainfall late on Thursday afternoon, 16 February in the Free State capital of Bloemfontein, as some cars appeared to be floating. 

UPDATE: #Dineo hits SA: Stormy weekend ahead

To the north-eastern side of Bloem, the expected areas over Limpopo also received heavy rain. In the Kruger National Park, specifically, gravel roads have been closed and select remote camps evacuated in the wake of the rains

KwaZulu-Natal, on the other hand, where disaster management teams have been on standby since Wednesday, was not hit as hard by the effect of Dineo. 

In Mozambique, Dineo has displaced thousands of people, while seven fatalities have already been reported, the country's government disaster centre said on Thursday. Heavy rains and fierce winds have destroyed about 20 000 homes, they say. 

More rain to come

The South African Weather Services warns, however, that the Lowveld and escarpment in Limpopo and Mpumalanga are likely to be most affected by the ex-tropical cyclone Dineo in the coming days going into the weekend. 

Heavy rain leading to flooding is expected in the Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga as well as in the Vhembe, Mopani and Capricorn Districts of Limpopo until Friday night.

Despite Dineo having decreased in intensity, the South African Weather Service also warned that high speed winds in excess of 50/km and heavy rainfall can still be expected as the storm makes its way across the north of SA, "posing a great risk" for the next couple of days.

READ: Weather Update: #Dineo brings heavy rains and flood risks

This is what the rainfall flooding looks like so far: 

Despite the downgrading of the storm, the South Africa government has called on communities to be on the high alert and take precautions especially ensuring children are safe and not crossing bridges or near possible rivers that are at risk of flash flooding.

READ: Ex-cyclone #Dineo still wields destructive SA risk over next 48hrs

Disaster management teams in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and in the Kruger National Park remain on standby. 

SEE: ALERT: Kruger shuts all gravel roads as Dineo brings heavy rain

As the major risk associated with the storm will now be flooding in South Africa, the following safety tips need to be adhered to during flooding: 

Do not try and cross flooded rivers or lakes. 
About 66 % of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake trying to navigate through flood waters. Even 4x4 vehicles are not safe under these conditions.
Do not drink floodwater since it may be polluted.
Stay away from collapsed power lines and cables after a flood as live electricity could still pass through them.
Turn off the electricity during a flood, because water is a good conductor of electricity and could cause electrocution.
Store away clean drinking water and food.
Listen to weather reports and instructions of local disaster managers. If necessary, evacuate the area. 

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