BREAKING NEWS: The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has issued a directive for all schools in the province to close on the first day of the new academic school year due to severe weather warnings.
The South African Weather Service has issued a level 5 warning for the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as parts of Zululand.
In the directive, the department says a number of communities have been seriously affected and some lost family members.
This has also impacted several schools the province.
The directive instructs all principals to release learners by 1 o’ clock today.
Disaster Management teams are on high alert along the coastal areas of the province following the weather warning that has been issued by the South African Weather Service.
According to the warning the coastal areas could experience sever flooding of roads and human settlements as a result of the heavy rains which are expected today, 17 January.
The affected areas are the eThekwini Metro and the District’s of Ugu, Ilembe King Cetshwayo and Mkhanyakude.
Disaster management teams are on alert and will be monitoring routes that are prone to weather related incidents.
Widespread and disruptive rainfall: Significant rainfall accumulation is forecast, leading to potential flooding of low-lying areas, roads, and bridges.
Flash flooding: Localized flash flooding is possible, posing a threat to informal settlements and communities near rivers and streams.
Strong winds: Strong winds could accompany the rainfall, causing damage to infrastructure and trees.
What to Do:
Stay informed: Regularly monitor weather updates from the SAWS or trust worthy news sources.
Prepare for flooding: Clear drainage channels around your property and move valuables to higher ground if necessary.
Do not cross flooded roads or waterways: Never attempt to cross flooded roads or swollen rivers and streams.
Secure loose objects: Secure outdoor furniture and other objects that could become hazardous in strong winds.
Be ready to evacuate: If you live in a low-lying area or near a river, be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Have an emergency kit on hand: Ensure you have an emergency kit stocked with essential supplies, including food, water, first-aid, and medication.
Stay safe: We urge all residents in the affected areas to take precautions and prioritize their safety.
Please follow the instructions of emergency personnel and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
Issued by the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
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