In South Africa on Saturday, at least 12 people were reported to have died as torrential rains flooded large areas around the country's administrative capital of Pretoria.
In South Africa on Saturday, at least 12 people were reported to have died as torrential rains flooded large areas around the country's administrative capital of Pretoria. The floods stranded people, washed out roads and even derailed a train.
SYNOPSIS: Up to nine and a half inches (240 millimetres) of rain fell on Pretoria turning some roads into raging torrents when nearby streams broke their banks.
A caravan park in the northern outskirts of the city was among the worst places hit. Dozens of cars and caravans were wrecked after swirling flood waters had passed through the site.
Earlier the owners of the vehicles had been forced to cling to roof tops and tress to avoid being swept away.
Despite the flooding, many people continued to use their cars. Travelling by car, however, had its dangers. In the city centre of Pretoria, two people were reported drowned when flood waters poured into their car at a subway.
With numbers of people trapped on rooftops, rescue teams found that the only way they could reach them was by helicopter.
Dozens of them were winched to safety by the helicopters which were provided by the South African airforce.
The biggest victim of the floods however, was this goods and passenger train. It was on its way between ??? and the town of Rustenburg, 60 miles (96 kilometres) away, when the rails gave way beneath it and it left the track.
Four people were killed in the derailment, and 20 injured, seven of them seriously. They were treated by doctors who used an emergency train to get to the site because it was cut off by floods.