KZN weather warnings Tuesday

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Flood warning follows prediction of heavy rain in eThekwini

Predictions of heavy rain in the eThekwini area over the next couple of days has led the South African Weather Service to issue a flood warning.

KZN weather warnings Tuesday

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The South African Weather Service issued an alert regarding possible heavy rain over parts of Ugu, eThekwini, and Ilembe Municipalities which might lead to localised flooding.

eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said this alert was considered with seriousness as further local assessment of global forecasts show mild rainfall for the next two days as well.

Ongoing monitoring of potential flood risks

Ongoing monitoring will continue and weather advisories will be issued where appropriate.

“In case of flooding, residents are advised to stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above the ankles,” said Mayisela.

“If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.”

Msawakhe Mayisela

In an emergency, relocate animals and find higher ground

Mayisela said residents in rural areas should relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground.

“Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water. Never drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground,” advised Mayisela.

“Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognise flood dangers. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management officers.”

Msawakhe Mayisela

Emergency services contact number

Mayisela said in case of emergency residents may contact the emergency services call centre on 031 361 0000.

On Thursday KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka announced that disaster management teams has been placed in the province.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti