MEC Zikalala calls for vigilance as heavy rains are expected across Kwazulu-Natal

Africa: The start of the spring season has brought the possibility of disruptive weather conditions within the province of KZN.

Africa: The start of the spring season has brought the possibility of disruptive weather conditions within the province of KZN.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has received a weather warning from the South African Weather Service that indicates that inclement weather conditions can be expected across large parts of the province, starting from this afternoon into the evening.

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We urge our communities to heed this warning as the weather service indicates that there could be disruptive rainfall in areas under the Districts of Harry Gwala, uMgungundlovu, uThukela, Ilembe parts of uMzinyathi and the Ethekwini Metro.

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.

We would like to urge communities to continue to be vigilant and to exercise all the necessary precautions, especially those that relate to crossing rivers or flooded walkways.

We urge parents to ensure that pupils utilise routes that are safe to get to and from school.

According to the warning, the inclement weather conditions could lead to localised flooding in formal and informal areas and low-lying bridges. This weather may also create difficult driving conditions; motorists are thus urged to exercise the utmost vigilance.

Any person who is affected by inclement weather conditions is requested to report this to their local municipality either through the Ward Councillor or through their nearest disaster management centre.

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