Disaster teams on standby with windy and stormy conditions expected over KZN

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A file image of a woman with umbrella walking in the rain.
A file image of a woman with umbrella walking in the rain.
Moeketsi Mamane

Disaster management teams are on high alert in KZN following the weather warning issued by the South African Weather Service (Saws).

The warning indicates that the province could experience heavy rains which could lead to localised flooding in certain areas within the Ethekwini Metro, Ugu, Harry Gwala, Umgungundlovu and Ilembe District Municipalities. The inclement weather conditions are expected to last from Wednesday until Thursday.

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka warned residents of the dangers posed by the expected windy and stormy weather conditions.

“We are appealing to residents in the areas that could be affected to exercise extreme caution as the weather conditions could deteriorate to dangerous levels. We are appealing to everyone to be vigilant as the expected winds and storms could lead to localised flooding in low-lying areas,” said Hlomuka.

Disaster management teams will be monitoring routes and areas that are prone to incidents very closely.

Residents are urged to avoid being on the road where possible and to refrain from crossing low-lying bridges. Motorists are urged to drive with caution as roads might get wet and slippery.

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