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Heavy rain warnings issued

2013-01-18 22:39

Johannesburg - Heavy rains are expected in six provinces this weekend, the SA Weather Services said on Friday.

Forecaster Ezekiel Sebego said heavy rains were expected in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the eastern part of North West, eastern Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

"Flooding is possible to due to water levels rising and rivers overflowing."

He said heavy rains were expected from Friday night until Sunday.

In Mpumalanga and Limpopo, heavy rains were expected to continue until Monday.

Ekurhuleni metro disaster and emergency management services said they were ready to handle emergency situations.

"Our various teams including [the] disaster management centre, the emergency services and municipal engineers are on stand-by ready to respond to life and non-life threatening situations from today [Friday] and will be on the watch throughout the weekend," said spokesperson Bafana Mazibuko.

"We appeal for our communities to heed the various warnings issued by disaster and emergency services in this regard, and encourage them to take practical steps to minimise the impact of heavy rains."

He said residents should refrain from settling in low-lying areas.

"Residents should use sandbags to channels flash flood water away from the residential structures, dig canals that take water away from residential structures and also avoid crossing on foot or [in a] vehicle any low-lying bridges and roads."

Comments
  • Swapie - 2013-01-18 22:51

    And in Cape Town the SE is blowing us away, not to mention this horrible heat. How I wish for a bit of cold weather!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-18 23:24

      swapie, vasbyt! I am all to fimiliar with the Cape Town SE wind. Been in bantry bay, tamboerskloof and sea point during some of the worst SE episodes and boy it can sweep you clean of your feet! Here in Arizona, W/ D.C we have superstrong winds that causes untold damage and as for the tempratures! Aai jong!

      mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-19 00:04

      Kom Terug na die ou Transvaal, jong!

      Haveyoursay - 2013-01-19 08:37

      I lived in Fish Hoek For 11 years and the wind always blows there.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-18 22:57

    Please watch children so they do not drown.. Pass message on!

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2013-01-19 00:48

    Lets hope Hangberg gets washed away this time around.

  • maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-19 01:06

    Already suffered today. A horrible pothole obscured by water in Tana Rd Greeside Linden border. My husband did not realize how bad it was ripped two tyres and we hope it hasn't damaged the wheels or axle. How I wish that the "authorities would do their job and fix the roads. This is a huge pothole that will affect any law abiding driver that actually keeps left. Keep your eyes open for this. The last time I drove down this road was about a year ago and it was already there so this is pure neglect and dereliction of duty. Fix the pothole A-holes.

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-19 01:40

    I would LOVE some cold weather about now in Cape Town

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-19 02:46

    With all the river overflowing why does Kimberley have a water shortage?

      craig.pillay.5 - 2013-01-19 10:14

      Exactly, or why not use this opportunity to fill up water reserves?

      Philip Mangena - 2013-11-29 06:57

      people for kimberly they drink too much water thats always shortage of water

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-19 04:38

    Zoomer forgot to close the shower this time, vala mfwethu

  • bone.marrow.501 - 2013-01-19 05:08

    Not even a drop

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-01-19 05:55

    @Sally, thank you for that. You are the only one with a sane comment. I give you a Bell's.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-20 22:16

      Why Thank you Khomotso, make that a double ;)

  • MUFHENI - 2013-01-19 06:51

    Let t rain! Flood or no flood let t rain.praise Jah!

  • yaya188 - 2013-01-19 07:15

    Oh boy, we have barely recovered from the last floods here in Port Alfred and the surrounding areas.............eish.

  • snagdee - 2013-01-19 08:56

    Eish..Indoor Afcon Cup opening.

      Philip Mangena - 2013-11-29 06:52

      yes yes guys i agree with you i think people they must stop drinking beers so now they must water plant water is raining to much

  • Blemz - 2013-01-19 08:59

    DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GODS DECISION!! WHATEVER, HOT OR COLD IS HIS CHOICE. BE HAPPY THAT AT LEAST WE HAVE LIFE. DON'T BE UNGRATEFUL TO GOD. COMPLAINING WONT CHANGE THE WEATHER WOULD IT???? RATHER ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS FOR OUR SINS, CAUSE THAT'S WHY WE HAVING SO MUCH OF RADICAL WEATHER AND CALAMITIES.

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2013-01-19 11:00

      *Ouch!* Just gone deaf.

  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-19 09:34

    We need to wash all the sh@i u animals leave lying around away so stop complaining

  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-19 09:59

    somehow we need to clean all the mess u leave lying around even the superior beings dont like it thats why they send rain to wash it away

  • SnowHonkey - 2013-01-19 10:24

    He wrote it in caps. So what he says MUST be true.

  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-19 10:28

    Normally writing in caps is a way of showing a harsh tone maybe he is pis--sed off

  • wynand.kuypers.5 - 2013-01-19 12:34

    This prediction comes a little to late.Last week heavy rain fell in the Vhembe and Mopane districts of Limpopo.Thousands were effected,but no serious warning was issued.So I asume that everybody was still on holiday.The more serious issue now is the spread of malaria in the far norh and northeastern parts of the country which is soaking wet now.The other serious health thread is the spreading of collera and similar deseases, where sewerage systems are blocked and overflooded, in most cases lands up in rivers and dams.A whole new aproach had to be taken in desaster management.And can anybody tells where I can buy this sand bags, which one have to fill up?

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-01-19 12:50

    Ekurhuleni Metro Disaster and Emergengy Management:- The State is also Managed this way........not only Metros

  • Twolips - 2013-01-19 15:27

    Not much happening yet on my side of the KZN South Coast, but it is a lot cooler today, thank heavens.

  • charlene.arnold.33 - 2013-01-19 22:37

    We have been having rain here since last week monday, and its still raining. The ground can't soak the water up anymore. There where we are supposed to have grass looks like a dam don't want to know what's gonna happen if it carries on like this. I'm starting to worry for my son. This is in louis Trichardt.

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