UPDATE: Three die in flooding in North West province.

Road between Orkney and Leeudoringstad is damaged during heavy rains in the North West. Photo: ANA
22 February 2017 - The devastating effects of the heavy rain and flooding can be seen in the Sunrise Park area in Rustenburg in the North West. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - A road is completely submerged by floodwaters in Wolmaransstad in the North West province. Photo: Supplied
20 February 2017 - Flooding in Rankenyane village near Rustenburg in the North West province. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - The devastating effects of the heavy rain and flooding can be seen in the Sunrise Park area in Rustenburg in the North West. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - The devastating effects of the heavy rain and flooding can be seen in the Sunrise Park area in Rustenburg in the North West. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - The devastating effects of the heavy rain and flooding can be seen in the Sunrise Park area in Rustenburg in the North West. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - The damaging effects of rising floodwaters is evident in Wolmaransstad in the North West province. Photo: Supplied
22 February 2017 - The damaging effects of rising floodwaters is evident in Wolmaransstad in the North West province. Photo: Supplied

RUSTENBURG – Three people have died during the floods that have hit the North West.

A primary school boy drowned while attempting to cross a stream. Two others were killed when their vehicle was swept away by overflows.

Residents and motorists across the country are urged to be cautious and avoid driving through flooded areas.

Several roads in the province are still closed following torrential rains, the provincial Community Safety and Transport Management said on Wednesday.

“The state on our roads still remains on the roads that were closed yesterday [Tuesday]. The water has subsided on other roads but they remain closed due to the fact that the water has caused bad damage on these roads,” the department said.

The N4 remain closed between Rustenburg and Swartruggens at Moedwil as the road has a crack. The alternative road is the R52 via Koster-Lichtenburg.

A car swept down stream in Rustenburg following heavy rain in the North West. (Picture: ANA)

The N12 was closed between Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad after a bridge collapsed. The N14 between Vryburg and Kuruman was closed and traffic officers and police were helping motorists to cross the flood waters.

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The road linking Boshoek, Lindleyspoort and Pella was closed at Braakloof while the road between Orkney and Leeudoringstad was still closed.

Meanwhile, several houses in Rustenburg were flooded overnight due to torrential rains.

“The Rustenburg local municipality is aware of the current disaster across Rustenburg due to flooding in various areas across the city. The most affected areas according to the Disaster Management Centre include Ramochana, Sunrise Park, Kanana, Bospoort. We are aware of one death at this stage in Lenatong [Phokeng],” the municipality said on its website.

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