National 25.7.2016 06:11 pm

Snow, floods and cold cause chaos

A snow scene in Oliviershoek near Bergville in the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Ladysmith Herald

A snow scene in Oliviershoek near Bergville in the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Ladysmith Herald

KZN is close to having disaster management teams deployed as inclement weather conditions persist.

KwaZulu-Natal was hit with inclement weather on Monday as snow and freezing conditions struck many of the province’s interior towns, while coastal cities were hit with a deluge of rainfall.

The inclement weather prompted the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube to issue a warning and place the province’s disaster management teams on standby.

“We are very concerned about the poor weather conditions and we urge motorists to drive with extreme care. We are in contact with the emergency services and our disaster teams are on the ground to provide assistance in case of incidents,” said Dube-Ncube.

Several rivers in Durban were reported to be close to flooding while rush-hour traffic in the city was brought to a crawl as motorists navigated the treacherous conditions.

A number of roads in the city had themselves become rivers as storm water drains failed to cope with the amount of rain.

The SA Weather Service forecast showed continued snow in the mountains and the KwaZulu-Natal midlands while heavy rains were forecast for along the coast.

The Zululand Observer newspaper reported that some streets in Empangeni were flooded.

According to the forecasts, the weather across the province was expected to start clearing on Wednesday.

eThekwini Metro Municipality spokeswoman Tozi Mthethwa said that the municipality would issue a statement later on Monday regarding the flooding in the city.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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