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Durban - With heavy rains predicted to last until Thursday, locals are warned to keep those umbrellas close by. 

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned that heavy rains could lead to localised flooding. According to SAWS, the rains are expected to continue over the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal and the adjacent interior. 

On Wednesday, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said her teams were on high alert. 

"The heavy rains and localised flooding pose a serious risk to motorists and pedestrians. We therefore urge our disaster management teams to pay close attention to routes that are prone to flooding. We also urge motorists and pedestrians to exercise extreme caution,” she said.

She said municipalities have been instructed to be on standby with emergency shelters should the need arise. 

"KZN has suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters, with houses swept away and lives lost when heavy rains devastated the city in October last year," Dube-Ncube said.

Meanwhile, there have been several crashes in and around Durban - claiming the lives of two people. 

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IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson, Paul Herbst warned motorists to drive with caution. 

The Mercury