Disaster Management teams placed on standby as heavy rains and snow hit parts of KZN

As the predicted inclement weather hits parts of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube has placed all disaster management teams on standby.

According to the South African Weather Service a cold front that is expected to sweep through the province starting from today and parts of Thursday. Gail force winds and heavy rains which could lead to localised flooding are expected along the coastal areas, with snowfall in the southern and central parts of the Drakensberg.

Dube-Ncube has urged motorists to drive carefully on our roads; “As a province we take this weather alert seriously and we are monitoring the situation especially in areas that we know are prone to incidents like localised flooding. We are urging all motorists on our roads to be extra vigilant as roads can become slippery. We call for extra caution to be applied when crossing bridges especially in low lying areas, we also urge residents to not cross walk ways or rivers. Those residing in low lying areas we urge them to seek shelter in higher ground”.

“The threat of snow in areas surrounding the Drakensberg is real and our teams are monitoring the situation and we urge motorists to pay attention to the weather reports before embarking on any trip which will take them to areas that are prone to snow fall” said Dube-Ncube.

For urgent assistance communities can contact the Provincial Disaster Center:  0800 005133.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila. 082 302 3472.