At least 190 elderly residents in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, had to be evacuated from their homes Saturday night due to local flooding as heavy rains continue across the province.
According to the KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Ambulance and Medical Service, Robert McKenzie, no injuries reported.
He said emergency services remain on high alert as heavy rains continue in the province, particularly in eThekwini district. He also said some roads were affected by localized flooding and warned residents not to drive or cross affected roads.
“We urge the public to exercise extreme caution and avoid it , crossing flooded or inundated areas as the water is powerful and can wash you away. Even small streams can wash you away – you lose your footing and get carried away by the water,” he said. .
He urged residents to keep in touch with their local councilors for advice and updates.
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala , sent a message to the people of his province The storm is gathering.
He said the province has experienced torrential rains and some areas are already at risk of flooding.
“We would like all our communities especially in the southern part warn of Durban, the Durban basin which includes areas such as uMlazi, Wentworth, Isipingo, Amanzimtoti, Westbrook as well as areas in the northern parts including uMdloti, Tongaat.
“We are evacuating people from the waterways of Othongathi with the help of the SANDF.
“We are urging communities living near river banks to monitor the rivers and evacuate immediately if they notice that the river rises,” said Zikalala.
He prompted everyone in R to evacuate high-risk zones.
“We urge all our council members to be on the ground and provide information on all areas that require emergency response.”
He said they would monitoring the situation on the M7 and advising people to postpone driving on the road.
“All disaster teams are on site. Luckily the SANDF is here and will be able to help us. Roads have been closed and we urge citizens to be vigilant and stay safe.”
People in need can contact the Disaster Operations Center on 033 8973963 or 0664752308.
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