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With the province experiencing further rainfall, disaster management teams across KwaZulu-Natal have been placed on high alert.
MEC for KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN COGTA) Sihle Zikalala explained that his department received a weather warning from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) indicating that disruptive rainfall is expected across large parts of the province from 1 pm on Tuesday, 8 November 2022, until 11 pm the same night.
SAWS pointed out that the disruptive rain could lead to localised flooding at susceptible settlements, low-lying areas, roads and bridges.
“These weather conditions pose a risk to human life and threaten to cause a number of disruptions. We urge residents to exercise utmost caution and pay attention to this weather warning which indicates that disruptive rainfall could potentially lead to localised flooding in several areas,” Zikalala emphasised.
He further urged local communities to exercise the necessary precautions, especially those that relate to crossing rivers or flooded walkways. Motorists have also been advised to avoid speeding and to pay caution to the conditions of the road, as they may be slippery.
“As a Department, we have placed our disaster management teams on high alert, and they will be monitoring several areas that have been identified by the alert, as being at high risk because of the weather conditions.”
According to KZN COGTA, the following are the areas of concern:
- · Mooi River
- Giants Castle
- Dr N. Dlamini-Zuma
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