Cyclone emergency numbers not working

2012-03-05 07:35

At least four Cyclone Irina emergency numbers released by the government were not in working order, according to a report today.

The department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs released 11 emergency contact numbers in a press release at the weekend, The Zululand Fever reported.

But four of these numbers – mainly in northern KwaZulu-Natal – were not in working order.

The department’s spokesperson Vernon Mchunu was made aware of the situation yesterday evening.

“(I will) inform the relevant people to look into the situation,” Mchunu told the publication.

The newspaper said the numbers for Amajuba and uThukela had a fax-like tone, uMkhanyakude’s number did not exist and Zululand district’s number rang and then connected to an alternative line, which also just rang.

The South African Weather Service reported at the weekend that tropical storm Irina would result in heavy falls of rain over the extreme southern parts of Mozambique, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the east coast of South Africa, which would create the risk of flooding.

Four people died in an accident at the weekend as a result of the bad weather, while a woman was seriously injured when a wall collapsed on her.

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