Disaster management teams dispatched to flood hit areas in KZN - Cogta

2016-05-08 17:59
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Durban – The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in KwaZulu-Natal has dispatched disaster management teams to various flood hit areas across the province, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Sunday.

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Dube-Ncube said heavy rains had caused flash floods in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

“For the past three days many parts of KwaZulu-Natal have been receiving more than average rainfall with some areas especially in Durban and surrounding reporting cases of flooding,” she said.

Dube-Ncube said in Durban – Isipingo, Mega Village and Malukazi, K Section, Bayview, Sea Cow Lake, Lamontville, Chatsworth, Reservoir Hill – had been affected.

She said at least one death had been reported.

“A 1-year-old in uMlazi has been reported dead. Preliminary reports indicate that the death was caused by a landslide in Ward 88. We have activated all our disaster centres and increased the capacity in eThekwini so that we can speedily respond and assist affected communities.”

Dube-Ncube said the rainfall was welcome relief in the drought stricken province, but that it was too soon to tell whether it was enough to raise dam levels.

KwaZulu-Natal transport head, Sibusiso Gumbi, urged motorists to be extra careful on the roads. “We urge road users to be extra vigilant and adjust their driving habits. Drivers must keep the safe following distance and use headlights.

“Roads are slippery, therefore we urge people to refrain from speeding and any other errant behaviour that could result to unnecessary crashes and loss of lives. We call on everyone to take responsibility and ensure safety for all on the road,” said Gumbi.

Communities are advised to contact disaster and emergency teams to report disasters on the toll-free number 0800 000 953.

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