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  • KZN Floods: Emergency contact numbers you should have!

    KZN Floods: Emergency contact numbers you should have!

    Are you in KZN? Stuck in the floods? We have listed emergency contact numbers for you. The heavy rain has caused roads and several houses to collapse as it wreaks havoc in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening.

    COMMUNITY HALLS REMAIN OPEN TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE AFFECTED BY RAIN

    Emergency services had their hands full on Saturday evening.

    On Saturday evening, the eThekkwini Municipality said that the city’s community halls remain open to accommodate those affected by today’s heavy rain. 

    Emergency personnel has already evacuated some members of the public to nearby centers. 

    ALSO READ: WATCH: Mudslides gush through homes in Umdloti, KZN

    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

    WHAT ROADS SHOULD YOU AVOID: 

    • •North Beach Road Umdloti.
    • •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.

    “Some stations have recorded significant rainfall amounts and models indicate accumulations of more than 20mm in some places along the KZN coast.

    “Considering the vulnerability of some of these areas after recent events, severe impacts can be expected over areas and north-eastern parts of KZN on Saturday and Sunday.”

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