COGTA cautions communities on heavy rains

Several Municipalities are experiencing heavy rainfall. The wet weather is expected to continue beyond Monday as predicted by the South African Weather Services. Nkomazi, City of Mbombela, Thaba Chweu and Bushbuckridge Local Municipalities in Ehlanzeni District have received heavy rains.

In the Nkangala District, Emalahleni, Thembisile Hani, Emakhazeni and Steve Tshwete Municipalities are also affected by the heavy rain. In Gert Sibande, Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme has recorded a heavy rain fall as well.

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According to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga, although the province has survived Tropical Cyclone Eloise, which hit Mozambique, however, the province remains on high alert.

“MEC for COGTA, Mandla Msibi says the Department will continue to monitor the weather patterns to respond to potential life threatening emergency cases. All our disaster management systems remain on high alert. Our roads are slippery and we urge road-users to drive carefully. Those in the proximity of rivers and dams must monitor the water levels to evacuate,” said Msibi. 

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He further cautioned communities not to risk their lives by crossing bridges and walking under power lines. He further warned against the circulation of fake news that may cause panic and anxiety. Apart from the contingency plans, Councillors, Community Development Workers and the Disaster Toll Free Number have been activated to respond to distressed communities.

However, no major incidents have been reported since the heavy rain started, sporadic cases of damaged houses have been reported at Mkhuhlu in Bushbuckridge Municipality.

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