Disaster management teams have been placed on alert after weather forecasters predicted heavy rains. File photo

Johannesburg - The KZN department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) on Thursday said disaster management teams had been placed on high alert because of the incessant heavy rains.

KZN Cogta spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso said the acting MEC for the department, Weziwe Thusi, has assured communities in the province that disaster management teams were on standby to deal with any reported incidents that could arise from the heavy rains that continue to hit parts of the province.

“People living in low lying areas are urged to take precautions as localised flooding is a possible risk. We are now in the middle of the summer season and our province is very prone to disasters associated with heavy down pours hence we are not taking any chances. The lives of our people come first. We are also appealing to our people to continue saving water as our dams have not yet recovered” Thusi said.

The acting MEC also has urged residents to be cautious at all times as these heavy rains reduce visibility on the roads for those that are travelling.
 
Mabaso said since the rains started on Wednesday there haven't been any reports of disasters. He said the whole province was being monitored right round the clock.
 
"Measures are in place within the province’s 54 Municipalities to ensure that communities that are affected receive assistance with speed in the event of a disaster," said Mabaso.
 
African News Agency