The KZN government has called for an urgent meeting to discuss proactive measures in response to a heavy rainfall flooding warning. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) convened this meeting with the Joint Operation Cluster of all municipalities that might be affected.
KZN braces for heavy rainfall, flooding
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has raised the alert level for the province to orange, level 6. This level of alert indicates a high likelihood of severe weather conditions that could cause significant damage.
The SAWS has warned that the anticipated weather conditions may result in flooding, which could cause substantial damage to roads, bridges, and both formal and informal settlements.
Disaster Management Centres Activated
In response to the weather warning, all disaster management centres have been activated to monitor the weather pattern and risk, and to respond to any unforeseen events. The Joint Operation Cluster teams will assess the readiness status of all municipalities likely to be impacted.
The expected rainfall is set to persist from Monday afternoon until midnight. The municipalities of eThekwini, Ugu, Harry Gwala, iLembe, and uMgungundlovu are anticipated to be most affected by these conditions.
Residents in low-lying areas have been advised to relocate to safer areas if necessary. Livestock owners are also urged to find secure locations for their animals. The government is appealing to all residents to closely monitor the situation and take precautionary measures to ensure safety during this period of heavy rainfall.