KZN on high alert after heavy rains

2013-03-26 07:41

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Durban - Disaster response personnel in KwaZulu-Natal are on high alert, from Tuesday right into the coming holiday weekend.

According to Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, MEC Nomusa Dube took the decision following a report from the weatherman that heavy rainfall was expected in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the South Coast from Monday night.

"Heavy rainfalls which may lead to storms are expected to hit most parts of the South Coast, particularly areas around Port Shepstone, Margate, Kokstad, Umzimkhulu and the southern Drakensberg,” said Mabaso.

Said Dube: “But because we are living in an age whereby weather conditions can change unexpectedly due to the global warming phenomenon… we are being proactive by ensuring that all the 11 districts in the province are ready to respond to any eventuality that might affect our communities amid the expected bad weather.

The areas under threat are the districts of Sisonke, Ugu, uMgungundlovu and eThekwini.

She said disaster teams would be on standby overnight in addition to their normal working hours and urged those who would be on the roads during the Easter holidays to take extra caution.

According to weather forecaster Wiseman Mhlongo, there was a 30% chance of showers and thundershowers on Thursday and Friday, going up to 60% on Saturday.

He added that “for now”, there were no warnings until Friday.

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