Cape Town-130417- Residents from Samora Machel dodge puddles around the community as heavey rains flood parts of the area. Roads are also blocked off due to high water levels. Photo: Ross Jansen

Mpumalanga - Heavy rain is expected in Mpumalanga in the next two days and an alert has been issued to residents, the province's co-operative governance department said on Thursday.

“The department has instructed all municipalities to be on full alert and on standby,” spokesman Simphiwe Kunene said in a statement.

“The heavy rains could result in an increase of dam and river levels, thus making small streams and rivers very dangerous.”

He advised people to stay away from river banks and to avoid crossing rivers and low-lying bridges.

“The department requests all communities to take precautions, especially those who are staying in low-lying areas,” said Kunene.

“All road users are urged to be extremely cautious on the roads as they will be wet and rocks may fall in some areas.”

The heavy rainfall was expected on Friday and Saturday.

In the event of flooding, residents were asked to call the disaster management toll-free number 0800-202-507. - Sapa