Severe weather and flooding kills 8 in South Africa

October 24, 2012 SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has been pounded by some hazardous weather over the past few days. The weather first turned severe on Thursday in the southwest of the country. 32 hikers had to be rescued after being trapped by heavy rain on the Whale Trail near Bredasdorp. The worst of the weather struck in the southeast of the country. According to provincial disaster management officials, eight people, including a five-year-old boy, died in the severe weather in the Eastern Cape. The deaths occurred whilst people were attempting to cross streams or when their vehicles were washed away. The flooding was so severe, that it even washed away a section of the main N2 highway, which links Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth. As well as torrential rain, the weather system also delivered large hailstones. Some reports say that the hail was as big as tennis balls in some parts of Johannesburg. The ice smashed into cars and broke windows of many homes and businesses, and caused a number of traffic accidents. The severe weather is due to a low pressure which is still delivering widespread thunderstorms across many parts of the country. The treacherous conditions are expected to continue across southern parts of the Western and Eastern Cape during Monday, before clearing away from the southern regions on Tuesday. –Al Jazeera 
Torrential rains create havoc in Turkey: Flooding from torrential rains killed three people in northwestern Turkey, Anatolia agency said today, citing local authorities. The bodies of a father and son as well as an elderly woman were recovered in the small town of Buyukkaristiran in Kirklareli province, bordering Bulgaria, state-run Anatolia said, citing Deputy Mayor of Mesut Colak of Buyukkaristiran. Hundreds of sheep perished in flash floods in Kirklareli and neighboring Tekirdag provinces, authorities said. The governor’s office in Tekirdag said nearly 300 people, who were trapped by flooding, were evacuated. Floodwaters inundated several businesses and houses and blocked traffic on some highways in the region, officials said. –Business Week

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