More bad weather ex­pected in KZN

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - SIBONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

KWAZULU-NATAL is brac­ing it­self for more in­clement weather with two im­mi­nent cold fronts ap­proach­ing the prov­ince which is still re­cov­er­ing from Tues­day’s floods.

Premier Wil­lies Mchunu said KZN was in the path of strong winds trav­el­ling be­tween East Lon­don and Mozam­bique.

“This is how the storm gath­ered steam last time and we need to heed warn­ings as once again we are in the path of these gale force winds which could prove dis­as­trous,” he said.

Strong winds ac­com­pa­nied by heavy rains were ex­pected to hit eThek­wini yes­ter­day evening and con­tinue to­day .

eThek­wini mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Tozi Mthethwa said the strong winds were likely to re­sult in more dam­age to struc­tures, fall­ing trees and traf­fic con­ges­tion due to the im­pact on road­ways. She urged the public to stay in­doors where pos­si­ble.

“Wave heights are pre­dicted to rise up to four me­ters which could present a threat to bathers and surfers.

“Res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly those in the in­for­mal set­tle­ments, are re­quested to at­tempt to se­cure roof sheet­ing as heavy winds could cause dam­age to them. Tack­ing the roof with ex­tra nails or adding some weight to the sheet­ing might as­sist to hold it in place,” Mthethwa said.

Mean­while, mop-up op­er­a­tions were still un­der­way yes­ter­day after Tues­day’s storms. Mem­bers of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment and eThek­wini mayor Zandile Mchunu vis­ited some af­fected fam­i­lies.

Zanele Maz­ibuko from Nquthu whose brother Bheki, 72, was swept away by the over­flow­ing Ngongo River said: “He was a good man, and it has yet to sink in that he is really gone. The en­tire fam­ily is still shaken by what hap­pened. We are grate­ful for the sup­port that we have re­ceived and con­tinue to re­ceive.”

Mchunu said it was dif­fi­cult to quan­tify the amount of dam­age caused to the in­fra­struc­ture, which in­cludes eight hos­pi­tals and 133 schools.

“Some of the schools af­fected were go­ing to be used as mark­ing cen­tres. The dam­age to the schools is es­ti­mated to cost around R136m to re­pair. Some schools had been pre­vi­ously dam­aged by heavy rains two weeks ago and now they have been fur­ther dam­aged,” Mchunu said.

The premier also called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into storm drains in the prov­ince as well as ma­te­ri­als used by con­struc­tion com­pa­nies and work­man­ship in the build­ing of struc­tures like hos­pi­tals and homes that were brought down by the winds and heavy rains.

FLOODS: Cars were sub­merged on Prospec­ton Rd fol­low­ing heavy rains on Tues­day.

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