RAIN in South Africa has disrupted traffic in southern Namibia causing road closures due to flooding of the Orange River, without prior warning from the neighbouring country.
The Roads Authority (RA) of Namibia has announced the temporary closure of the Rosh Pinah-Aussenkehr road and urged the public to make use of the Keetmanshoop-Aus-Rosh Pinah route from Tuesday until further notice.
The Orange River forms part of the international border between Namibia and South Africa.
According to NamWater officials, they have not received any warning from the SA Water Affairs Department about the situation.
RA spokesperson Hileni Fillemon said the affected road is along the Orange River and gets flooded when the water levels rise too high.
“This road is currently experiencing flooding and the water levels at a particular section namely the Fish River Crossing/Bridge have exceeded the maximum height,” she said.
Fillemon asked that the public make use of the Keetmanshoop-Aus-Rosh Pinah route until the water levels have subsided and the road is deemed safe for motorists.
She noted that the RA will continuously monitor the situation in the meantime.
Rainfall is expected to continue across South Africa, with more on the way, and has resulted in the opening of the Gariep and Vaal dams’ sluices.