The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has cautioned residents regarding heavy rainfall that could potentially lead to flooding in the coastal and midlands districts of the province.
The warning comes after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) raised the alert level to orange, Level 6, the highest warning level.
According to the warning issued by SAWS for Monday, 16 October, heavy and disruptive rainfall can be expected along the KZN coast and its adjacent interior, particularly the southern coast.
“Scattered widespread showers and thundershowers are expected over KZN. More than 50mm of rain is expected, which may lead to the flooding of roads, bridges and formal and informal settlements,” the SAWS warned.
The department said the anticipated rainfall, which is expected to persist from Monday afternoon until midnight, could result in damage within the municipalities, including eThekwini Metro, Ugu, Harry Gwala, Ilembe, and Umgungundlovu District Municipalities.
COGTA spokesperson, Siboniso Mngadi, said the department has convened an urgent meeting with the Joint Operation Cluster (JOC), which includes all municipalities that may be affected, and a disaster team to put in place proactive measures.
“Furthermore, all disaster management centres have been activated to monitor the weather pattern and risk, and respond to any unforeseen events. The JOC teams will assess the readiness status of all municipalities likely to be impacted,” Mngadi said.
Mngadi has advised residents in low-lying areas to relocate to safer areas, if necessary.
“We appeal to all residents to closely monitor the situation and take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of lives during this period of heavy rainfall. Livestock owners are urged to find secure locations and adhere to safety measures that will be communicated through disaster centres.”
Source: South African Government News Agency