Warning over bad weather

2015-03-03 00:00

TWO children drowned in Nongoma over the weekend after heavy rain flooded the area in which they lived.

The children, both seven, were caught in a downpour late on Sunday afternoon in Mphola, in Nongoma.

Co-operative Governance and ­Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube warned communities to stay alert for possible flooding during the rainy season.

“Our thoughts are with the grieving ­relatives while our disaster management teams are hard at work on the ground to minimise the impact of these heavy ­downpours on the communities.

“We are urging all families not to leave their children unattended as the effects of bad weather remain unpredictable, ­especially in our deep rural areas.

“Residents in low-lying areas are ­advised to be extra careful and be ready to move away from river banks when asked to do so.

“We plead with our people to avoid crossing flooded rivers and overflowing low water bridges. Such weather also brings the risks of rain-related road ­accidents and we urge motorists to be ­extra vigilant,” said Dube-Ncube.

Meanwhile, the severe rain in ­Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night caused a local resident’s 50-year-old tree to topple over into the street.

Sara Buys said she went out shopping and came home at 9.30 am to find the old tree had fallen over and blocked the road in front of her house.

She said a crew was still busy cutting up the tree and carting it away yesterday afternoon.

• KwaZulu-Natal’s disaster teams are reachable at 080 000 0953/4 for ­emergency assistance.

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