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<p><strong>Kholofelo Mhlanga</strong><br />
kholofelom@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>THIS is the time of the year where informal settlements like Setjwetla experience floods due to the heavy rainfalls that hit most part of the country. The recent heavy rains may be just the beginning of the disaster that is yet to hit most parts of Alexandra, particularly Setjwetla. The Jukskei River is already flooding and this can only mean disaster is bound to happen.</p>

<p>The weekend thunderstorms that hit some parts of Johannesburg over the weekend flooded the Jukskei River; people were standing on the bridge in Setjwetla starring with fear the flowing water in the Jukskei lamenting that the worst is yet to come. “This is just the beginning. I fear for the people who have shacks beside the river because the heavy rainfall that we are expecting is going to flood their home and sweep their furniture away. We are still going to see furniture swimming away in the river.” One of the concerned residents said. Over 800 families in Setjwetla were left destitute during heavy rain falls this time of a year last year and a four-year-old child was swept away and was later found dead nearby. Are we yet to experience similar incident in the next coming days or weeks? “We can only hope and pray that we don’t experience same floods like last year that we saw taking innocent live and destroyed many homes. Every time when it rains I worry that it will flood my shack and damage my furniture. I hope we will not be left homeless due to the heavy rainfalls that are coming.” Said Sara Mbongeni, one of the Setjwetla resident.</p>

<p>Not only Se tjwetla residents are in a fear for their homes and their children’s lives, motorists also take a hard loss as a result of floods since the roads will be flooded and deepen or damage the cars. The South African Weather Service on 9 October warned Johannesburg residents to prepare for possible severe thunderstorms. “Residents must prepare themselves for thunderstorms which can be severe, we will issue warnings they can find on social media.” Forecaster Madimetsha Thema from the SA weather services said.</p>

<p>Thema said thunderstorms usually occur ahead of a cold front and could lead to high winds. “When the storm comes people can expect gusty winds.” However clear weather was expected for the rest of the week. We are not expecting any rain for the rest of the week.”</p>
Setjwetla Awaits Another Flood Tragedy

Kholofelo Mhlanga
kholofelom@greateralextoday.co.za

THIS is the time of the year where informal settlements like Setjwetla experience floods due to the heavy rainfalls that hit most part of the country. The recent heavy rains may be just the beginning of the disaster that is yet to hit most parts of Alexandra, particularly Setjwetla. The Jukskei River is already flooding and this can only mean disaster is bound to happen.

The weekend thunderstorms that hit some parts of Johannesburg over the weekend flooded the Jukskei River; people were standing on the bridge in Setjwetla starring with fear the flowing water in the Jukskei lamenting that the worst is yet to come. “This is just the beginning. I fear for the people who have shacks beside the river because the heavy rainfall that we are expecting is going to flood their home and sweep their furniture away. We are still going to see furniture swimming away in the river.” One of the concerned residents said. Over 800 families in Setjwetla were left destitute during heavy rain falls this time of a year last year and a four-year-old child was swept away and was later found dead nearby. Are we yet to experience similar incident in the next coming days or weeks? “We can only hope and pray that we don’t experience same floods like last year that we saw taking innocent live and destroyed many homes. Every time when it rains I worry that it will flood my shack and damage my furniture. I hope we will not be left homeless due to the heavy rainfalls that are coming.” Said Sara Mbongeni, one of the Setjwetla resident.

Not only Se tjwetla residents are in a fear for their homes and their children’s lives, motorists also take a hard loss as a result of floods since the roads will be flooded and deepen or damage the cars. The South African Weather Service on 9 October warned Johannesburg residents to prepare for possible severe thunderstorms. “Residents must prepare themselves for thunderstorms which can be severe, we will issue warnings they can find on social media.” Forecaster Madimetsha Thema from the SA weather services said.

Thema said thunderstorms usually occur ahead of a cold front and could lead to high winds. “When the storm comes people can expect gusty winds.” However clear weather was expected for the rest of the week. We are not expecting any rain for the rest of the week.”

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