Floods, fires and traffic congestion: Joburg's chaotic Tuesday
It was a chaotic Tuesday in Johannesburg as the city experienced devastating fires, traffic congestion and heavy rains that led to flooding.
In Alexandra township north of Johannesburg, one person was injured and many were left homeless after a fire ripped through the area.
Emergency services said the fire, which has since been put out, destroyed about 100 shacks.
City Power said an electricity pylon and its overhead lines had collapsed, setting several shacks alight, reported TimesLIVE.
We have a dangerous situation in Stjwetla Alexandra where one of our pylons and the overhead lines from the pylon fell on the shacks resulting in them catching fire. As of now we dont know the cause of this or if there are any casualties.We have dispatched a team to probe. pic.twitter.com/MEWVpYMWdh— @CityPowerJhb (@CityPowerJhb) March 5, 2019
The city experienced heavy traffic congestion due to flooding, which left many commuters stuck in traffic for several hours on Tuesday evening.
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️— Jo'burg Metro Police (@JoburgMPD) March 5, 2019
Traffic is currently very heavy in the InnerCity &Braamfontein area due to heavy rain and roads flooding. JMPD officers are controlling and diverting traffic for a smooth flow.
Motorists are requested to drive with caution and be patient during this time. pic.twitter.com/UpscXdF99K
This is Braamfontein in Johannesburg at this moment. Can anyone explain why people are not able to go home after work even at this hour ! Am really feeling the pain of those stuck in this traffic gridlock. JMPD where are you at this moment ??? pic.twitter.com/P1jZiwnV3v— Nozuko Girls Pikoli (@NozukoPikoli) March 5, 2019