Disaster Management teams across the province of KZN are continuing to closely monitor the inclement weather conditions that have brought snow in areas along the Drakensberg and heavy rains in the northern parts of the province. 

Since Monday Disaster Management teams have responded to incidents in Nquthu where five houses collapsed as a result of the heavy snow that struck the area. Specialised graders had to be used to clear snow blocked roads in between Underberg and Kokstad. 

This morning the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka together with the MEC for Public works and Human Settlements Jomo Sibiya visited the Abaqulusi Local Municipality where they officially launched the winter season disaster awareness campaign as the province continues to grapple with inclement weather conditions. 

The launch took place in the rural village of eZibomvini, where MEC’s oversaw the installation of lightning conductors that will protect households within this village. The MEC’s also handed over a newly built borehole to the community.    

Disaster Management teams on high alert

The MEC for Cogta MEC Hlomuka has assured residents of the province that disaster management teams continue to be on high alert in anticipation of heavy rains that are expected in areas along the coast of the province today. 

According to the latest advisory received by the department from the South African Weather Service, heavy rains can be expected in the Ugu, Ilembe, Ethekwini, Umgungundlovu, King Cetshwayo and the Harry Gwala District. 

According to the Weather Service “The impact of the Disruptive rainfall is expected to result in flooding of roads and settlements (Formal and informal), Danger to life (fast-flowing streams/deep waters), Major Disruption of traffic flow due to major roads being flooded (N2) and possible damage to roads and bridges, and Disruption to essential services (Water, electricity, communication, schools, etc)”.

MEC Hlomuka has warned residents and motorists residing in these areas to exercise extreme caution.