Heavydown pours continue for another week
Tuesday 11 March 2014 09:06
The SA Weather Service says heavy downpours are expected to continue for another week.
Heavy rains have already caused flooding in some parts of the country including Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
Four people have died from drowning and about 300 people have been displaced.
Speaking on SAFM, Media Liaison Officer for the SA Weather Service, Mnikeli Ndabambi says residents living in the Western and Eastern Cape should brace themselves for severe weather conditions especially in low lying areas: “This weather is expected to continue for at least another week or so. Parts of the Western and Eastern Cape will be affected by heavy rains and possible flooding on Tuesday. We would advise people living in low lying areas to find shelter and keep warm at all times,” says Ndabambi.
Meanwhile, the Department of Co-operative Governance says the National Defence Force is on standby to assist in flood-ridden areas.
The Department says the National Disaster Management Centre has advised Provincial and Municipal Disaster Management Centres in provinces affected by recent floods to begin the necessary response preparedness.
Co-operative Governance Deputy Minister, Andries Nel says they have appealed to people exercise maximum caution:
“We need people to be aware of their surroundings, especially motorists. Motorists should be more cautious on wet roads, they should try to avoid bridges and take alternative routes when instructed by traffic officials,” says Nel.