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KwaZulu-Natal Braces for Level 4 Disruptive Rains: CoGTA Issues Urgent Warning

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KwaZulu-Natal Braces for Level 4 Disruptive Rains: CoGTA Issues Urgent Warning

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

By Lebo Morafe– The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has issued an urgent warning to the public residing in the south coast of the province, alerting them to level 4 disruptive rains that could potentially escalate into a disaster.

Severe Weather Alert from South African Weather Service

According to the South African Weather Service, a level 4 alert has been forecasted, predicting persistent and heavy rainfall over the south-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. The rains are expected to commence from Sunday night and continue until Monday midnight. This deluge could result in the flooding of roads and settlements, damage to infrastructure, and destruction of mud-based houses.

“This weather system will lead to widespread showers and rain over the province. Rainfall accumulation of at least 40mm is expected along the south coast, which could cause significant impact,” the weather service warned.

Vulnerable Areas Identified

The Department has highlighted that areas likely to be most affected include Ray Nkonyeni, Umdoni, Umuziwabantu, and Umzumbe Local Municipalities.

In response, CoGTA has mobilised disaster management teams across all the municipalities at risk. These teams stand ready to take immediate action should the weather conditions worsen.

Safety Recommendations and Preparedness Measures

Ivan Pillay, spokesperson for CoGTA, emphasised the urgency for residents in potentially impacted areas to seek safe shelter. Public facilities such as community halls have been designated as safe havens for those needing refuge.

“Our teams may have to evacuate people should they foresee high risk of danger due to inclement weather. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid travelling during this period, as bridges may become flooded, posing a risk to life,” Pillay announced.

Residents are urged to remain vigilant and adhere strictly to instructions from local authorities to ensure their safety.

Proactive Community Engagement

The department is also calling for proactive engagement from community members. In the event of severe flooding, cooperation with disaster management teams will be critical to minimise harm and save lives.

Stay Informed

Citizens are advised to stay updated on the latest weather developments through reliable sources, including local news channels and official government communication platforms. Public awareness and preparedness are key to mitigating the adverse effects of these disruptive rains.

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