The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Thembi Nkadimeng has noted with concern the severe weather conditions characterised by veld fires and heavy rains affecting most Provinces.
Nkadimeng urges communities across the country to be extra cautious as the potential for further inclement and windy weather conditions remains high.
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“The heavy rains are accompanied by strong winds which can lead to high tide, with the ocean’s waters creeping up the shore, thus endangering lives,” said the Minister.
Safety measures for severe weather conditions
As more severe weather conditions are still expected, Minister urges the public to observe the following safety measures:
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- Communities urged to be extra vigilant and exercise caution especially flood prone areas.
- Communities urged to follow the regular updates and warning messages from the SAWS.
- Communities are urged to work with relevant authorities and follow safety tips.
- In affected areas, communities are residing in low-lying areas must take extra care during storms, as sudden floods might affect them.
- Communities urged to monitor the rising water levels and evacuate the areas to a safer places in case or water level rises.
- Communities to be cautious as power lines might be impacted and lying on the roads.
- Communities to be vigilant as the severe weather conditions left lots of debris on the roads.
- Communities urged not cross through flooded roads or bridges or low lying bridges, streams and rivers – use other safer routes.
- Communities urged not to try to walk, swim or drive in swift-flowing water. Even if the water is 15 cm deep, it can sweep you off your feet.
- Motorists urged to drive and park in safer areas.
- The public should contact their municipal disaster management centres or the nearest police station or call the national emergency numbers (112, 10177 or 107) when faced with threats.
- Communities to sensitise children about the dangers of floods.
- Keep your important documents in a water-resistant container.
- Keep your cell phone in close proximity to you and have emergency numbers at hand.
- Communities urged to especially vigilant at night. It is harder to recognise potentially deadly road hazards.
- Communities are warned of possible water contamination due to with raw sewage or other dangerous substances.
“Working together will also ensure that municipalities are also able to respond adequately,” said Nkadimeng.
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