The Gauteng Disaster Management Centre says the West Rand and parts of Ekurhuleni have been the worst affected by Monday’s storm which claimed one person’s life due to strong winds and heavy rain.
The centre says that malls, schools and houses were damaged by the severe conditions prompting in relocation projects to ensure the safety of residents in affected areas.
The centre’s chief director Elias Sithole says there isn’t enough land in the province to relocate those living in low-lying areas, making families vulnerable to heavy rains.
“We have embarked on a project where we were relocating the communities in low-lying areas. We’ll make sure that whatever pieces of land that’s available will actually make sure that those communities are being relocated.
“We have realised some of the informal settlements are in areas where they can be easily flooded.”
Thunderstorms in Gauteng on Monday afternoon left some low-lying areas waterlogged.
There were heavy delays on major routes as well as reports of damage to buildings.
The Weather Service issued an alert for the storms, warning that they'd be accompanied by hail and strong winds.
Motorists were urged to drive with extreme caution with traffic backlogs.
At the same time, Johannesburg emergency services responded to calls of flooding on Beyers Naude, areas in Fourways and on New Canada Road as well as low-lying bridges.
Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that his team remained on high alert overnight.