Rain brings relief to drought-threatened KZN

2010-11-11 00:00

THE heavy rains that have been falling steadily over the past couple of days have brought relief to farmers in KwaZulu-Natal.

A weather forecaster with the South African Weather Service, Siyabonga Mthethwa, said the rain is expected to start clearing from today.

He added that “at this stage we are heading towards a normal rainfall season”.

He said rain is expected in in each period of five days.

Mthethwa said the past 24 hours has seen northern KZN and Ulundi recording the highest amount of rainfall in the province at 93 mm while Mbazwane near Sodwana Bay recorded 68 mm.

Greytown and Cedara recorded 34 mm. Residents in Winterskloof measured 50 mm, Montrose 39 mm and Lincoln Meade 38 mm for the 24 hours ending yesterday morning.

Said Mthokozisi Duze, head of disaster management in KwaZulu-Natal, “It is not what we were expecting, but we are extremely happy at the rainfall because we were on the verge of declaring some parts of the province, particularly the midlands and northern part of KZN, to be drought-stricken areas.”

This threat of drought was a result of low storage levels in dams and catchment areas, but signs are positive that there will be good rains this season.

“However, if the heavy rainfall persists, we might have a reason to worry as low-lying areas and flat lands would be flooded.”

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