Heavy weekend rainfall forecast for northern KZN

RESIDENTS have been warned to take caution as heavy rainfall leading to localised flooding is expected to hit northern parts of KZN on Sunday.

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) issued the warning on Friday about the possibility of extreme weather conditions expected to affect some parts of the country on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 December.

‘Areas earmarked for heavy rain with possible flooding are the extreme southern parts of Limpopo, Gauteng, eastern parts of the Free State, Mpumalanga and KZN on Saturday.

‘The persistent rainfall on Sunday will result in more widespread flooding over Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng as well as the northern parts of KZN.

‘Localised flooding of susceptible informal and formal settlements can be expected, with possible closure of major roads crossing low water bridges. Motorists are warned to take extra precaution on the slippery roads owing to the persistent rainfall,’ said the statement.

The SAWS said it will however continue to monitor any further developments and will issue subsequent updates as required.

Precautionary measures when encountering flooding:

•If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above one’s ankles.

•If trapped in a flooding situation whilst in a vehicle, it is preferable to abandon it and climb to higher ground.

•In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.

•In rural areas, the safety of livestock can be assured by relocating them to a safe place on higher ground, preferably before the onset of inclement weather.

•In the event of duly authorised officials issuing an order to evacuate; abandon the dwelling without undue delay, unless access is cut off by rising floodwaters

•NEVER drive on a road that is flooded or obscured by water. One cannot be certain how deep the water is and/or if the road has been eroded or washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.

•Be especially cautious at night when it is difficult to identify flood hazards.

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