The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has warned all and sundry, especially motorists in the country about three months of summer rain.
The organisation, on Sunday, appealed to road users to safely follow distances, drive with caution as they approach small bridges, and other flooding areas to avoid flooding.
The South African Weather Bureau warned that owing to the 3 months of rain, incidents of drowning may also increase in the country. Thus, the reason why community education about the dangers of floodwater conditions should be promptly organised.
Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu also stressed that lack of sufficient knowledge on how to lessen flood disaster in South Africa, especially among the disadvantaged communities, could spell a huge disaster to road users, learners crossing rivulets, and kids swimming in water ponds and flowing rivers, owing to lack of knowledge about flooding and its dangers.
“…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 away the vehicle,” the civic organisation added in a statement.
Sanco, nonetheless, expressed satisfaction with the rain. It stated that the rain would be crucial for breaking the longest and most devastating drought experienced in South Africa in more than 100 years.
Malangu upheld that the rains are important, especially in ensuring food security for the poor, but that the lack of adequate infrastructure, including water drainage systems in rural villages, and proper roads and bridges posed a threat to rural road users.
Sanco sadly extended its condolences to the families of a teenager who was swept away by a river in Kwaggafontein. The teenager died together with a rescue worker who tried to save her. Their bodies were regained on Saturday after an extensive search involving divers and a helicopter.