Winds: KZN on high alert after damage

2009-12-29 00:00

STRONG winds that saw several houses in and around the city lose their roofs on Saturday afternoon were not confined to Pietermaritzburg: sporadic incidents were reported throughout the province.

Co-operative Governance spokesman Lennox Mabaso said the entire province has been placed on high alert.

Msunduzi Municipality disaster manager John Guthridge said yesterday that he has received reports of a few more damaged houses.

Mabaso said the department has been in touch with municipalities to find out whether they can cope with assistance for those affected by the destructive weather.

“We are managing together with the municipalities … so far they are handling the problem as best as they can …” he said.

Mabaso said KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube are monitoring the changing weather patterns closely so that the neccesary support is available in case of a disaster.

“We’re encouraging people to accommodate those who are without a roof over their heads in the interim, and we are getting regular updates regarding the issue.

No one [from the department] has gone on leave,” Mabaso added.

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