Heavy rains, thunderstorm warning for KZN

2016-11-10 21:03


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Durban – Disaster management teams across KwaZulu-Natal have been placed on high alert in anticipation of heavy rains and thunderstorms on Thursday night and Friday.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said information received from the South African Weather Service indicated that Newcastle, Nquthu, Dundee, Vryheid and eDumbe in Zululand were among areas that would be affected the most.

The warning comes after heavy rains damaged 220 households in the uMzinyathi district last week.

Dube-Ncube said 11 people were injured in Nquthu and one person was killed by lightning in the Msinga municipality.

"We also urge motorists to drive carefully and to avoid crossing low-lying bridges. Our disaster management teams are on standby and will be able to provide assistance if needed," said Dube-Ncube.

Meanwhile, in Johannesburg several people were unaccounted for on Wednesday night after flash floods swept through some parts of Gauteng and Ekurhuleni.

Flights at the OR Tambo International Airport were delayed and a boundary wall at the Johannesburg Zoo collapsed.

In the Eastern Cape  hail damaged several homes and infrastructure in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality

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