At least 187 people have been displaced by heavy rain that led to flash flooding in Ivory Park, Tembisa on Friday.
And despite the immediate efforts of the EMS search and rescue teams from the city of Johannesburg to help residents, one person has died. Three others are currently missing, Mayor Mpho Phalatse said.
Residents lost their livelihoods and possessions when strong waters devastated the area.
Phalatse assured that the displaced persons were getting the help they needed.
A temporary shelter has been built and Gift of the Givers, Shoprite, Ashraful Aid and the Food Bank have provided amenities for the residents of Ivory Park.
Phalatse said the flood-induced displacements were a clear indication that more work needed to be done to create permanent housing options for “informally housed residents”.
This, she said, included access to sanitation, water and electricity supplies.
“I would like to comment on all city officials who are working around the clock to assist the flood victims, and I express my gratitude to the NGOs who are providing assistance.”
Storm hits Jeffsville settlement in Tshwane
Meanwhile, the Jeffsville informal settlement in Tshwane saw at least 15 homes destroyed by violent storms on Thursday.
Tshwane EMS Spokesperson Charles Mabaso told record Emergency supplies such as blankets and mattresses have been distributed to those affected. Temporary shelters have also been built.
Mabaso confirmed that there were no injuries or deaths.
Jeffsville community leader, Samuel Masilela, shared: record most residents had to sleep outside on Thursday night.
“The wind was so strong, it blew everything away.”
Masilela and other community members went to local spaza shops to ask for food to feed the residents, but that there was not enough food to feed everyone.
At least 50 people were left destitute, he said.
“We have asked neighbors to accommodate those who do not have a place to sleep. We don’t have a community center in our neighborhood, so we’ll have to ask the neighbors to take care of them again.”
Curated by Nica Richards. Additional reporting by Caxton publication Pretoria Record.