Mpumalanga warned of heavy rains

2012-01-17 17:24

Mbombela - Mpumalanga residents have been warned of heavy rains in the province's Lowveld area this week.

The provincial department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) warned that downpours, which began on Tuesday, are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We are ready for every scenario and have also alerted the police and army to be on standby if heavy rains cause damage to areas downstream," said Cogta spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene on Tuesday.

He said municipalities in the province have been instructed to report back to the provincial department three times a day about the heavy rains.

"We are especially concerned about communities in the Lowveld and Nkomazi, because they are situated down stream and all the water will flow through these areas towards Mozambique," he said.

The department warned that the heavy rains could result in an increase in dam and river levels, making small streams very dangerous.

"People must move away from river banks and they must avoid crossing full rivers and over flowing bridges... Parents must also keep their eyes on children,” said Kunene.

Weather Service forecaster Bransby Bulo attributed the heavy rains to the Dando cyclone that hit north of Maputo on Sunday.

"The cyclone has now been downgraded to a low pressure system but we still expect heavy rains in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal," said Bulo.

"It sucks in moisture from the Indian Ocean and heavy rains will be recorded. Currently it is moving quickly over the Mozambican border and will be over Phalaborwa in Limpopo."

A total of 136mm of rainfall was recorded in Maputo, Mozambique, between Monday and Tuesday morning and 31mm in Mbombela during the same period.

"Swaziland also experienced heavy rains overnight but we don’t expect the rains to be as heavy in South Africa as was recorded in Maputo. The system loses its strength as it travels over land," he said. 

The Weather Service predicts 60% to 80% chances of rain in Mpumalanga, mostly in the Lowveld.

Kunene said all the municipalities were on full alert and on standby.

"All road users are urged to be extremely cautious on the roads as they are wet and rocks might have fallen in some areas," warned Kunene.

Mbombela local municipality spokesperson Joseph Ngala said there were no serious reports of flooding by Tuesday morning.

Residents did however complain of local roads that were temporarily flooded around White River and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

  • alan.carstens - 2012-01-17 17:56

    In the near future you'll go to jail for this article...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 18:18

      Actually this article accentuates the foolishness of that Bill. Here is a local government concerned for its citizens issuing a warning. What were they supposed to do -tell people to go the the weather buro's website?

      George - 2012-01-17 19:09

      Be careful, you may be charged for knowing anything about the weather. Weather you know or not

      Ina - 2012-01-17 20:30

      Thanks Alan, Squeegee and George for a lovely giggle! Good thing we still have a sense of humour.

  • Daan - 2012-01-17 18:22

    Nelspruit is nat!! En die goewerment is mal.

  • Pjeerlr - 2012-01-17 21:12

    its NELSPRUIT!!!! Not Mbombela....for f#ck sakes!!!!!

  • Nelia - 2012-01-18 03:06

    I am not sure where Mbombela is, but I live in Nelspruit and we had 91mm of rain on Tuesday.

  • swavka - 2012-01-18 07:31

    I wonder how they are going to accommodate all those people they will have to jail for not paying e-toll, predicting the weather and anything else that is totally ridiculous - or will they fine everyone - oh sorry they already do - it's called tax.

  • Spikes - 2012-01-18 07:52

    Measured 40mm on Tuesday and 138mm this morning; Brondal area near Nelspruit Spikes

  • aruan999 - 2012-01-18 15:34

    Archangel Metatron predicted/warned that this type of thing will start happening around the New Moon, which is 23 Jan, Monday. 2012 will see many more happenings!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-18 15:43

      is this part of the 2012 changeover starting? More to follow weather wise all over earth, and also POWER STRUGGLES (starting now in SA!)and many more overturning events. We shall be redeemed from our perception that we are in charge of all...and of our God & gods concept!

  • William - 2012-01-18 16:36

    HKGK - in afrikaans gestel! Bly in witrivier - die reen wil net nie ophou nie!! Dis erg scary hoor! Hoop maar dat dit settle - en soon! Sonder dat mense dood hoef te gaan ens!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-18 21:05

      weerburo voorspel groot reen Feb/Mrt/April. ook vroeg koue. Hd maar 'n voorloper. En Sep>Des leg nog voor!

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