KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) would like to warn municipalities of expected heavy rains that may cause flooding and infrastructural damage.

This alert comes following a notice from the South African Weather Service on Sunday, which forecasts heavy rains in various parts of the province from Monday 12 am until 11 pm

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.

The department is urging communities and motorists to be extra cautious and to ensure they are in safe areas during this time.

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

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 is advised to contact their nearest Disaster Management Center

To minimize 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 minimize the potential impact of the predicted heavy rainfall.