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Flash Flooding in Johannesburg Kills 2

9 Nov 2016, 5:58 pm

Heavy rain and golf ball sized hail inundated Johannesburg and the East Rand in South Africa Wednesday afternoon. The heavy downpour left many backyards flooded, motorists stranded and even caused planes to be diverted.

The heavy rain also caused a boundary wall at Johannesburg Zoo to be washed away. Officials said all of the zoo’s animals are reported to be fine.

Flights from OR Tambo International Airport were delayed because of the flooding. Tlali Tlali, a South African Airways spokesperson said, “we confirm that the change in weather conditions has affected our operations, impacting on both inbound and outbound flights.”

“We have had to divert some flights that were Johannesburg bound to other airports and technicians had to stop servicing some aircraft due to lightning activity in the vicinity of OR Tambo International Airport as part of safety procedures we must follow under such conditions. Three regional inbound flights were diverted to Gaborone and one domestic flight was diverted to Durban.”

The fast-moving floodwaters caused nearly 100 motorists to abandoned their vehicles, with some even becoming trapped. At least two people have died due to the floodwaters.

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