ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
For Immediate Release
 
22 April 2019
 
Heavy Rainfalls Expected Tonight Over eThekwini
 
EThekwini Municipality City Manager Sipho Nzuza is urging residents particularly in low lying areas to be on high alert as localised flooding is expected tonight. This follows a warning issued by the South African Weather Services earlier today of the storm that is expected over eThekwini (especially over the central and southern areas).
 
Since 10 am, the Municipality has been in constant contact with the South African Weather Services forecasters who have been reviewing the forecast and current indications show that tonight from 22:00 until 05:00 tomorrow morning eThekwini will receive significant rainfall.
 
“The storm is expected to move in a Southerly direction concentrated along the western boundary of the province and move off into the sea. Given the rain, over the past two days, the ground is already saturated which could lead to increased riverine flow. Municipal departments are on standby to respond in the event of any disasters or emergencies,” said Nzuza.
 
Nzuza added that the Municipality is continuously monitoring weather radar systems to confirm the weather patterns observed in the forecasts and will continue to provide feedback throughout the afternoon and the evening.
 
For emergencies and flooding, residents are urged to contact the Disaster Management Centre on 031 361 0000 or their local ward councillor.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communication Mandla Nsele.
 
For more information contact Municipal Spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220 or msawakhe.mayisela@durban.gov.za