Cyclone Irina still a threat to KZN coast

2012-03-04 17:00

Johannesburg - Cyclone Irina remains a threat to the KwaZulu-Natal coast, police and disaster services said on Sunday.

The weather system was likely to remain over open water between Maputo and Richards Bay for the next 24 hours, according to the national joint operational centre.

The centre is co-ordinating the response to the storm.

It includes police, the SA Weather Service, disaster management, the army, and government departments such as health.

"A combination of very rough seas, marine storm surge, as well as gale-force winds are likely to threaten" the coastline during this time, said police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

Commercial and recreational fishing should be alerted to this threat, he said. He said the likelihood of further heavy rain was diminishing.

Provincial structures have been established to monitor the situation on a 24-hour basis, to direct resources to affected areas.

Co-ordinated response

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal commended the provincial government for its co-ordinated response to the storm.

“The KwaZulu-Natal government has done a sterling job by putting all systems in place to swiftly respond to the cyclone. We have no doubt that these measures have helped to save many lives," said ANC spokesperson Sihle Zikalala.

“Our hearts go to all people who have been affected by the cyclone. We have been informed that many people have had their homes destroyed by the cyclone. We urge our people to on the alert to prevent fatalities,” Zikalala said.

The ANC commended government for providing relief to people affected by the cyclone, including transport for schoolchildren and food.

A house collapsed on a woman breaking both her legs in Jozini in the Nyawushadi area on Sunday morning, after floods hit northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Co-operative governance spokesperson Vernon Mchunu said emergency services were negotiating through mud and dirt in a bid to reach Phumaphi Makhaye, 56.

Mchunu could not give figures of families that were displaced and people who were injured as disaster teams were still quantifying the damage. He estimated that about 300 houses had been flooded.

On Saturday the SA Weather Service reported 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.

"Very rough seas with wave heights in excess of 4 - 6m are also expected from Richards Bay to Maputo," said spokesperson Hannelee Doubell.


Rescue operations were underway in various parts of the northern coastal parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

"At the moment we are hard at work assisting people whose houses have been flooded. Moves are being made to also evacuate others to safety," said Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube.

She said provincial government was in the process of organising temporary housing units for displaced families.

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-04 17:46

    This storm needs to be investigated.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-04 19:02

      It's witchcraft, I agree with you. A probe should be launched.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-03-04 22:39

      Yes they can run it concurrently with the investigation launched last year, as to how lightning is formed.

      Wesley - 2012-03-05 05:27

      and if it is found that Irina did anything wrong, she can appeal the guilty verdict

      Rouan - 2012-03-06 09:44

      a few of us wished very hard for this cyclones. St lucia was dry for 12 years and a whole estuarine system dried up. no witch craft, just a gift from mother nature

  • Fussed - 2012-03-04 18:06

    It is taking more than the anc

  • Tanie - 2012-03-04 18:08

    It carries acid water and cyanide.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-04 18:24

    Stay safe everyone, keep in doors..and off the roads if possible.....lucky for us...the Toti/Warner Beach..have had heavy rain all day but no strong winds or floods.

  • Roelof - 2012-03-04 18:25

    Eish, we need to follow the tender process to source providers to deal with the storm.

  • Jaryd - 2012-03-04 19:47

    how stupid do you have to be to be a news24 journalist? its not a cyclone and its not even close to one...its a moderate tropical storm as defined officailly by professionals days ago - do your research before writing like an idiot - or does the word cyclone sell more papers?

      Tabitha - 2012-03-05 22:24

      We're so ill-equipped to deal with the consequences of a minor storm, we have to call it a cyclone lest we come across as inadequate! The label definitely instills the correct feelings of human insignificance, necessary to retain those parameters of obedience to our trusty gov! Guess the journo's gotta keep his job at the end of the day.

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2012-03-04 19:53

    Dooskop LoL... Siesman jou naam is baie funny

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2012-03-04 19:53

    Dooskop LoL... Siesman jou naam is baie funny

  • Barbara - 2012-03-04 22:03

    The photo of cars floating down a road in Morningside, Durban is a hoax.

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-03-05 00:08

    WHY IS EVERYTHING LINKED TO POLITICS ?? we wanna know about the cyclone not what the ANC thinks of it

  • rurapenthe - 2012-03-05 07:42

    They have to comment on the government's response plans. Maybe not so much but they still have to. When a country gets affected by severe natural weather, people look to see what the Govt is doing to help people. (remember USA and FEMA.. they got flamed). And yes, this is a tropical storm, not a cyclone.

  • janine.mackay1 - 2012-03-08 12:35

    cant the good man above do something good for this earth - there are places that have had no water for the game (wild animals) for a while now and we now have water for the humans and the animals, water is like gold one day there is going to be no water just running from the taps, so hey we are just loving all the rain and the wind makes the washing dry faster - stop complaining and enjoy.....

  • Honest Mthembo Dumisani - 2013-11-29 22:31


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