Mop­ping up af­ter mas­sive storms

Sun­shine pre­dicted but warn­ing to ‘be vig­i­lant’

Cape Argus - - NEWS -

THE DEPART­MENT of Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs has urged South Africans to be cau­tious and vig­i­lant fol­low­ing re­cent heavy winds and rain­fall. “Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to en­deav­our do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties, but we urge ev­ery­one to be ex­tremely vig­i­lant, es­pe­cially in the com­ing days and be­yond, amid the heavy rains still ex­pected,” said min­is­ter Des van Rooyen.

Se­vere rain­fall ac­com­pa­nied by thun­der­storms which re­sulted in ma­jor flash flood­ing in some parts of Mpumalanga, coastal KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Gaut­eng has left a trail of de­struc­tion and power out­ages.

The rains neg­a­tively af­fected a num­ber of house­holds, es­pe­cially in in­for­mal set­tle­ments. Bridge struc­tures and roads have also been dam­aged, and com­mu­ni­ties in some prov­inces have been dis­placed.

At least eight peo­ple died in KwaZu­luNatal and five hos­pi­tals were dam­aged. A per­son also died in the Gaut­eng storms.

“We con­vey our heart­felt con­do­lences to those who have lost their loved ones due to the cur­rent con­di­tions, you are in our prayers”, said Van Rooyen.

The depart­ment said the South African Weather Ser­vice had in­di­cated that the sys­tem that caused the bad weather had moved to the east and most of the ar­eas af­fected could ex­pect sun­shine.

“Due to the mag­ni­tude of the in­ci­dents, dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams will con­tinue to be on alert across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in ar­eas where more rains are ex­pected,” said the depart­ment in a state­ment.

“The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre is in con­tact with pro­vin­cial and lo­cal dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams on the ground to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and give sup­port.” – ANA

PICTURE: SIBUSISO NDLOVU

COLLAPSED: The street out­side King Ed­ward Hospi­tal on Syd­ney Road, Dur­ban, was dam­aged dur­ing flood­ing this week.

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