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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal disaster management teams have been placed on standby following an alert of severe thunderstorms expected in areas west of the province tomorrow. Earlier today, the South African Weather Services (Saws) said residents in Amajuba, uThukela, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Impendle, uMngeni, Mpofana, Umzimkhulu and Greater Kokstad should brace themselves for the possibilty of hail and localised flooding.

MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube has urged communities in the western parts of the province to take the necessary precautions.

“Our teams are monitoring the situation, especially in low- lying areas that are prone to flooding. We are urging all motorists to be extra vigilant as roads can become slippery. We call for extra caution when crossing bridges. Those residing in low-lying areas are urged to seek shelter on higher ground,” she said.

Communities are urged to check weather reports for updates. Parents are advised to ensure that children utilise safe roads to get to school and teachers must ensure that children are not released from school in unsafe conditions.  

Provincial Disaster Center: 0800 005 133.

The Mercury