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Disaster management teams are poised for action as storms in KwaZulu-Natal continue to intensify.

The MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the province of KwaZulu-Natal Nomusa Dube-Ncube has urged residents in a statement to be extra cautious following the weather advisory issued by the South African Weather Service warning of heavy rains that could persist through the rest of the week.

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“Disaster management teams in the province are ready to deal with any incidences that may occur as a result of bad weather. We have activated all disaster centres across all districts for teams to be on standby to assist and work together with law enforcement agencies to ensure that human lives are protected. The heavy rains that our province experiences cause a lot of damage to vital public infrastructure like roads and bridges,” said Dube-Ncube.

Dube-Ncube has urged motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful as roads are slippery and visibility is reduced drastically.

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The heavy rains, she said, were expected in the following districts: Ugu, Mgungundlovu, Harry Gwala, Ethekwini, Ilembe, King Cetshwayo and uMkhanyakude.

“Communities living in low lying areas are urged to find shelter on higher ground. Public facilities like community halls will be made available in cases where people are displaced by floods.”

The Mercury