Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Over 2,000 evacuated, dozens stranded in South Africa storms
by Staff Writers
Johannesburg (AFP) July 15, 2012

Rescue workers evacuated over 2,000 people and dozens of trucks were stranded as heavy rains and snow battered southern parts of South Africa over a freezing weekend, officials said.

The precipitation had cut off all road links between economic hubs Johannesburg and Cape Town, causing a huge traffic backlog, though main highways linking the north and south of the country were reopened Sunday afternoon, said Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesman Ashraf Ismail.

Dozens of trucks had been stuck on the routes after heavy snow had closed them down since Saturday.

Soon after traffic was opened, around 500 trucks that had been held up in Johannesburg by the closures started the trek toward Cape Town in the south, Ismail told AFP.

Over 100 millimetres (four inches) of rain fell over the area in three days, with more heavy showers predicted through Sunday night.

Thousands of people were moved to community centres as floods hit southern city Port Elizabeth, said municipal spokesman Kupido Barron.

"We assisted more than 2,000 people," he told AFP, with mattresses, soup and blankets given to families housed in community centres.

Police were also looking for two people who ignored a ban and rowed across a flooded road in an inflatable rubber boat, local media reported.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Putin tours Russia flood scene, berates officials
Moscow (AFP) July 16, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an unannounced visit to the scene of the deadliest flood in the post-Soviet era and berated officials for possibly deceiving him about their response. Putin's trip late Sunday to the southern town of Krymsk came as the media speculated about insufficient warnings about the disaster - the first since the Russian strongman's return to a third Kremlin ter ... read more

A 'Phoenix' rises from Haiti quake ashes

Japan govt, media colluded on nuclear: Nobel winner

Japan pushes ASEAN to lift export restrictions

Report faults Fukushima response

Satmex Awards Optimal Satcom a Multi-Year Contract to Provide Enterprise Capacity Management System

Lockheed Martin Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar Approved For International Export

Apple rejoins green tech program after spat

EDRS makes room for Hylas-3

EU nations want sanctions against Iceland in mackerel war

Philippines rescues sea turtles from poachers' net

Clinton urges Mekong nations to avoid US dam mistakes

Work resumes at huge Amazon dam site

5.5-mile-long landslide spotted in Alaska

Antarctica faces major threats in the 21st century, says Texas A and M researcher

Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming

Argentina court upholds glacier protections against mining

European grain prices rise on global drought

Tannins in sorghum and benefits focus of university, USDA study

Messy experiment cleans up physics mystery of cornstarch

From aflatoxin to sake

Hurricane Fabio, in Pacific, 'likely' to weaken

Japan troops fly supplies to thousands cut off by floods

Japan troops fly supplies to thousands cut off by floods

Putin tours Russia flood scene, berates officials

Hundreds flee Nigerian villages ahead of army raid: official

Annual Namibia seal cull to start amid protests

Up to Africans to decide on Mali intervention: Hollande

Liberia leader warns of new wars without arms deal

New Au. sediba fossils discovered in rock

The Clovis First Theory is put to rest at Paisley Caves

Native American populations descend from three key migrations

Seabirds studied for clues to human aging

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement