Stay Alive: National Disaster Management Warns


South Africans are cautioned about the possibility of further severe thunderstorms which could include flooding, heavy downpours with strong winds and hail.

As warned, these conditions are expected to continue until the weekend and everyone is requested to take necessary precaution.

In line with that, the National Disaster Management Centre begged the public to:

  1. Avoid crossing low-lying bridges, streams and rivers;
  2. Motorist must be very careful and avoid driving on flooded areas;
  3. Drive to and park at safer areas;
  4. People living in low-lying areas or flood plains, should monitor the rising water levels and evacuate the areas as and when threatened;
  5. Public should monitor weather alerts through the radios and television; and
  6. Contact their municipal disaster management centres or the nearest police station when faced with threats.

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Already, the South African Weather Service has reported that further heavy rainfall is expected today and tomorrow over the Eastern Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern North West and Limpopo.

The government also called on communities to exercise caution saying Disaster Management teams have been put on alert across the country due to the magnitude of the anticipated severe weather conditions especially in areas where more rains are expected.

Nonetheless, you’re advised not to panic because the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) is in contact with provincial and local disaster management teams on the ground to monitor the situation and give support.

Meanwhile, the government also urged the public to continue using water sparingly and avoid being deceived by the current downpours into believing the drought is over.

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“It is important to note that it will take a longer period for the country to recover fully from the severe drought and all the challenges it has brought; such as food shortages, lack of drinking water, death of livestock and others,” stated the Department of Cooperative Governance.