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Inclement Weather Spur EThekwini Municipality To Put Disaster Management Teams On Standby
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Date: 2021-10-04 13:52:36

Inclement Weather Spur EThekwini Municipality To Put Disaster Management Teams On Standby

ETHEKWINI NEWSFLASH

19/02/2020

For Immediate Release

Inclement Weather Spur EThekwini Municipality To Put Disaster Management Teams On Standby

EThekwini Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, has ordered disaster management teams to be on high alert as the City continues to experience heavy downpours which began yesterday. According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), rains are expected to hit the eThekwini the entire day. To-date, between 60 to 70 mm of rain have been recorded, a recipe for localised flooding. The wet weather is expected to clear tomorrow, however, with 30 percent chances of downpours in the afternoon.

“The situation warrants that our disaster management teams must ready themselves to respond with speed in the event their services are required anywhere in the city. We are also calling upon the public to work with us by heeding our warnings. Everyone should unwaveringly be mindful that we are a city that is prone to disasters largely caused by heavy rains. The truth is that we would only minimise negative impact of disasters only when we work together. The public must not hesitate to call our call centre in the event they need our help. Their welfare comes first and under no circumstances shall we put their lives at risk,” said Cllr Kaunda.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution as roads are extremely slippery. Where traffic lights are not working, they should bear in mind that orders of officers of the law, reign supreme in such circumstances.

The City’s residents residing in flood susceptible areas, are called upon to be ultra-cautious.

In the event of the disaster the public can call 031 361 0000.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.

For media queries contact the eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela on 060966 4220