Avoid high risk flooding areas – eThekwini mayor

2016-07-26 10:22
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Durban – eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo on Tuesday cautioned all residents to avoid high risk flood areas following heavy rains on Monday.

“We advise community members to refrain from crossing low-lying bridges and to avoid streams. We are monitoring areas around the city that are prone to flooding,” he said in a statement.

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The city said its disaster management team will be monitoring water levels in rivers and streams.

“As water levels rise many residents face the possibility of having their homes flooded,” city spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said.

The South African Weather Service has predicted that the rain will continue until Tuesday afternoon, Mthethwa said.

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Heavy downfalls hit the city on Sunday and Monday, resulting in heavy flooding throughout eThekwini.

Three people are missing and presumed dead in mudslides as a result of the torrential rains on Monday.

Searches for two other missing women, from Chatsworth and Glen Anil respectively, are expected to continue on Tuesday morning.

It is understood that Police Search and Rescue officers and other emergency service personnel attended a slew of incidents overnight, with landslides and severe flooding commonplace in the city's informal settlements.

A concrete wall collapsed onto a shack in Umlazi, with the search for an elderly man who was thought to be inside continuing on Tuesday morning.

In Chesterville, a man and woman are missing after a landslide caused several shacks to collapse.

According to Mthethwa, the most affected township was KwaMashu, where houses have been flooded. She said community members have been accommodated in the local hall.

For emergencies and flooding in Durban, residents are urged to call the Disaster Management Centre on 031 361 0000.

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