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    ICYMI- KZN residents living in these areas should be ready to evacuate

    KZN residents living in the following areas should be ready to evacuate as the province is experiencing torrential rains. Some areas are already in danger and flooding.

    KZN RESIDENTS WHO ARE ASKED TO EVACUATE – PLEASE OBEY

    KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said on Saturday evening they have been responding and have evacuated 190 people from Tehuis to SJ Smith Hall.

    He said more people are being evacuated from Othongathi Waterways with the help of SANDF.

    ALSO READ: VIDEO: KZN residents evacuated, mudslides, roads washed away – here is the latest

    “We wish to sound warnings to all our communities, especially in the Southern part of Durban, the Durban Basin, which includes areas such as:

    • uMlazi, 
    • Wentworth, 
    • Isipingo, 
    • Amanzimtoti, 
    • Westbrook,  
    • uMdloti, 
    • Tongaat.”

    RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR RIVER BANKS SHOULD MONITOR WATER LEVELS

    “We urge communities living near river banks to monitor the rivers and to immediately evacuate if they notice the river rising.

    “We urge anyone in risk zones at the moment to evacuate. We make a call to all our councillors to be on the ground and to feed information on any areas that need an emergency response.”

    Zikalala said they have also been warned about snowfalls and that the inclement weather will move towards the north coast from tomorrow (Sunday), affecting areas such as Richards Bay, Empangeni, and others. 

    ALSO READ: KZN Floods: Emergency contact numbers you should have!

    “We are monitoring the situation on the M7 and advise everyone to delay travelling on the roads at the moment.”

    He said all disaster teams are on the ground, and we urge all of us to play our part as disaster management is everybody’s business.

    ALL DISASTER TEAMS ARE ON THE GROUNDS

    “Fortunately, the Defence force SANDF is here and will be able to assist us. Road closures have been implemented, and we are urging citizens to take heed and make sure they are safe. 

    “If you reside in a flood-prone area and you are asked by Authorities to evacuate, please obey. We want you to be safe.”

    Zikalala said all emergency systems are in place and ready to assist you once the need arises.

    “You can contact the Disaster Operations Centre, by calling. 033 8973963 or 0664752308.

    “Let’s work together to get through this terrible situation which is adding salt to an open wound. We have lost many lives. Let us save lives and get through this disaster alive.”

    KZN FLOODS: HERE IS THE LIST OF CONTACT NUMBERS: 

    • KZN Emergency Medical Service – 10177
    • eThekkwini Fire and Emergency Services – 031 361 0000
    • St. Johns Ambulance – 031 305 6588
    • Netcare – 082 911
    • Fire and Disaster Management – 031 361 000
    • Stormwater, Burst Mains, Water Pollution, and sewer faults – 080 131 3013
    • Mountain Rescue – 080 000 5133
    • Sea Rescue – 031 361 8667
    • Nettow – 083 700 6854
    • Medi Responses search and rescue unit – 087 3303 911
    • Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) – 086 123 4333

    WHAT ROADS SHOULD YOU AVOID: 

    • North Beach Road Umdloti.
    • The entrance into Umdloti has also partially collapsed. Please be cautious.
    • N3 towards CBD.
    • Quarry Road eastbound. The road is completely flooded and is a no-go area.
    • Genezano Rd, Seatides due to a collapsed bank
    • Sanele Nxumalo Lane, near the stadium, as water has covered both lanes of that road.
    • Residents, please avoid or use caution on
    • Fields Hill. A bank has collapsed, leaving only one lane accessible going up before Kloof.
    • Cope Road, on the lower end of Alphine Road off Sydenham. 

    Earlier on Saturday, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) increased its disruptive rain warning for KZN to level 10.

    Initially, there was a yellow level 4 rain warning which was also increased to an orange level 5. Switching from a yellow to an orange warning means that more damage to infrastructure is expected, and the potential for fatalities is rising, but red is more dangerous.

    The current level 10 red warning is in place from Saturday, 21 May at 15:00 until Sunday, 22 May at 23:59.

    The weather service said widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across KZN as a result of a cut-off low associated with a surface high.

    ALSO READ: Bored? Why not go hunt for SNOW – Here’s where to see snow in SA this weekend

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