The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZNCOGTA) has issued a weather warning to municipalities, alerting them to heavy rains that are expected to cause flooding and infrastructural damage.
The South African Weather Service forecasted heavy rains in various parts of the province from Monday morning, 8 May, until Monday night.
The warning covers several municipalities, including Abaqulusi, Dannhauser, Edumbe, Utrecht, Dundee, eThekwini Metro, KwaDukuza, Mkhambathini, Ndwedwe, Newcastle, Nquthu, Umdoni, Umzumbe, and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.
“The rains may cause flooding and damages to mud houses, roads, low lying bridges and rivers while other areas may suffer infrastructural damages. The department is urging communities and motorists to be extra cautious and to ensure they are in safe areas during this time,” said KZN COGTA.
To address any challenges that may arise, all Disaster Management Centres and their teams have been activated in all municipalities.
Residents living in low-lying areas or those situated near rivers are encouraged to monitor water levels. In the event of an emergency, the public is advised to contact their nearest Disaster Management Center.
The KZNCOGTA advises the public to take necessary precautions to minimize the risk of damage to property and loss of life. “This includes securing loose objects, and avoiding crossing or driving through flooded areas. Motorists are also reminded to drive at reduced speed during heavy rainfalls and to maintain a safe following distance,” said the government entity.
The department further encouraged the public to remain vigilant and to adhere to all safety measures to ensure that they remain safe during the expected heavy rains. “By taking necessary precautions, the public can minimize the potential impact of the predicted heavy rainfall,” concluded KZNCOGTA.