Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of KZN today. 
Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency(ANA)
Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of KZN today. Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency(ANA)

Weather warning: Heavy rainfall expected in parts of KZN

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Feb 18, 2020

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Durban - Disaster management teams have been placed on high alert as heavy rainfall is expected in parts of KwaZulu Natal on Tuesday. 

Sipho Hlomuka, KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said inclement weather conditions continue to pose a serious risk to residents in the KZN province. 

"Our teams are monitoring areas that are prone to flooding and will be able to respond to emergencies," said Hlomuka.

The South African Weather Services said heavy rainfall was expected in the Harry Gwala, Ugu, uMgungundlovu, Ilembe and King Cetshwayo districts as well as eThekwini metro.

 "The warning indicates a high possibility of heavy rains, which can lead to localised flooding and reduced visibility. We are appealing to residents to exercise great caution and to remain vigilant at all times as the threat posed to human life by heavy rains is increasing. We also call upon parents to ensure that pupils utilize safe routes to get to school,” added Hlomuka.

In April last year 70 people were killed and 1469 people were displaced from their homes after floods wreaked havoc in parts on KZN. 

At a media briefing KZN Premier Willies Mchunu said the cost of the damage stands at R1.1 billion with R685 million coming from eThekwini.

At the time The Gift of the Givers offered to build 80 homes for victims of the Durban Floods in Bottlebrush, Chatsworth. 

Founder Imtiaz Sooliman said each house would cost in the region of R25 000 but they were waiting for the go ahead from relevant authorities. 

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