After the past week’s heavy rainfall and a tornado that hit the Greytown, Wartburg and New Hanover area, the weather service has warned of torrential downpours later this week.
There is the possibility flooding, mudslides and destruction to property as further storms are to hit the province, the SA Weather Service and KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have warned.
Distraught residents of Mpolweni near Wartburg spoke to television journalists about the tornado that ripped through the area and “destroyed everything”.
TimesLive reported that Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka dispatched disaster management teams after the tragic scenes in the Midlands, in which several households were swept away by the tornado in Mpolweni and Thokozani, uMshwathi.
Co-operative governance is responsible to lead the efforts to assist residents once disasters have struck. But there are fears that more is on the way.
Thousands of consumers were without electricity on Wednesday as workers rushed to repair infrastructure and restore power.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) in a statement on Tuesday warned that accumulated rainfall could exceed from 100-150mm in some parts of the province on Thursday and Friday.
Media release: First significant summer rainfall could lead to potential flooding in places. Please find attached. pic.twitter.com/e7E5xNg9PK
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) November 12, 2019
Heavy rain is expected to fall over the central and eastern parts of the province.
“This heavy rain is expected to lead to flooding of roads and settlements both formal and informal, which may result in some communities being displaced and inaccessible,” it said.
SAWS also warned that there is a possibility of “mudslides/landslides and soil erosion along highly elevated areas which might lead to further disruption to traffic flow.”