Coast KZN

08 Dec 2017

Summer rains a welcome relief

Tamlyn Jolly (Zululand Observer)

A Lifeline for many, recent rains in the region have brought welcome relief after the drought which has seen low dam and reservoir levels, leading to frequent water shortages in much of the district.

After a weather warning was issued by the SA Weather Service, MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomsa Dube-Ncube, on Monday placed the department’s disaster management teams on high alert.

King Cetshwayo and uMkhanyakude districts were among the areas placed on alert, and the City of uMhlathuze on Tuesday issued a weather warning for the immediate area.

‘City of uMhlathuze Disaster Management and fire and rescue teams are on standby to assist communities following warnings of heavy rains in most parts of KZN, including King Cetshwayo District.’

‘The city urges communities to be on high alert and adhere to all evacuation procedures and orders as this will be aimed at saving their lives and valuable assets.

‘We also wish to alert ratepayers, customers and all service users that heavy rains may interfere with electricity infrastructure.

‘Our technicians are on standby to attend to any electrical faults that may occur as a result of the rain.’

Dube-Ncube reminded people living in low-lying areas to seek shelter on higher ground, and urged people to take into consideration heightened levels of rivers and streams following the rains.

While no damage was reported between yesterday (Wednesday), the Richards Bay Clean Air Association (RBCAA) measured 54mm of rainfall in the Richards Bay CBD and by 8am, had recorded 70mm in Meerensee.