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Residents should expect more rain in January and March 2023. Images: Pixabay and Gallo Images.

Residents in THESE parts of KZN warned as heavy rains persist

Heavy rains and thunder showers are expected in parts of KZN on Monday, as per South African Weather Service (SAWS) warning.

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Residents should expect more rain in January and March 2023. Images: Pixabay and Gallo Images.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has warned municipalities of expected heavy rains that may cause flooding and infrastructural damage in parts of the province. 

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning of heavy rains in various parts of the province which is valid on Monday from 00:00 until 23:00. 


The heavy rainfall is expected to affect the following municipalities: Abaqulusi, Danhouser, Edumbe, Emadlangeni, Endumeni, eThekwini Metro, KwaDukuza, Mkhambathini, Ndwedwe, Newcastle, Nquthu, Umdoni, Umzumbe, and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality. 

The rains may cause flooding and damages to mud houses, roads, low lying bridges and rivers while other areas may suffer infrastructural damages.

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KwaZulu-Natal COGTA has since urged communities and motorists to be extra cautious and to ensure they are in safe areas during this time.

Furthermore, the department said all Disaster Management Centres and their teams have been activated in all municipalities to address any challenges that may arise. 

The department’s spokesperson, Senzelwe Mzila said residents living in low-lying areas or those situated near rivers are encouraged to monitor water levels. 

In the event of an emergency, the public has also been advised to contact their nearest Disaster Management Center. 

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“To minimise the risk of damage to property and loss of life, the KZN COGTA advises the public to take necessary precautions. This includes securing loose objects, and avoiding crossing or driving through flooded areas. Motorists are also reminded to drive at reduced speed during heavy rainfalls and to maintain a safe following distance.

“The department encourages the public to remain vigilant and to adhere to all safety measures to ensure that they remain safe during the expected heavy rains. By taking necessary precautions, the public can minimise the potential impact of the predicted heavy rainfall,” Mzila said.

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