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KZN braces for severe weather conditions

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North-western KwaZulu-Natal communities are on high alert for a possible severe thunderstorm this afternoon.

Disaster Management teams have been deployed to the at-risk districts of Zululand, uMkhanyakude, uMgungundlovu. Mzinyathi, uThukela and Harry Gwala, says Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Sipho Hlomuka.

The department said in a statement that it has received reports of extreme weather conditions from the South African Weather Service, adding that severe storms may result in heavy downpours, hail and excessive lightning in these districts.

“The expected thunderstorms bring with them the possibility of localised flooding in the low-lying areas and the risk of damage to critical infrastructure and housing, particularly in informal settlements,” said the department.

The MEC urged KZN residents to be extra careful as these weather conditions pose a serious risk to human life in the province; motorists are also advised to drive with caution.

“We are appealing to communities to abide by the latest weather warnings. Those who are caught in these weather conditions outdoors are urged to seek shelter immediately. Those who are utilising routes that cross rivers are not to cross flooded walkways,” said Hlomuka.

Hlomuka appealed to residents to report any dangerous incidents to their local ward authority or their nearest Disaster Management Centre, which can be reached through their municipality.

The Disaster Management teams will be on-call to monitor routes and areas that are most likely to flood.

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