The mayor of the eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede, would like to caution all residents to avoid high-risk areas and to be careful on the roads following continuous heavy rains that have ravaged most parts of the city, Rising Sun Overport reports.
Durban is dangerous atm. Stay indoors & wait for updates before leaving for work as many roads flooded and walls collapsed. I pray for safety and ease for those in informal settlements. #DurbanFlood #Durbanstorm #DurbanWeather #DurbanRain ????????????????????
— Pandora Mthakathi (@durbanjozinites) April 23, 2019
Cllr Gumede said that emergency services were under massive pressure attending to flood-related life-threatening emergencies, however, this pressure was being exacerbated by people who were insisting on driving and getting themselves into unsafe situations.
“I urge residents not to enter fast-flowing streams both in cars and as pedestrians. Many of our roads are flooded and some of the structures have been damaged. If possible, I would like to advise members of the public to stay off the roads at this stage,” she stated.
For emergencies and flooding, residents are urged to contact the Disaster Management Centre on 031 361 0000 or their local ward councillor.
If you're driving be safe out on the roads, its incredibly dangerous driving in this weather. Please be safe, rather be late to where you're going. Please exercise extreme caution & stay well away from all #Durbanflood zones.#Durbanrain pic.twitter.com/WoPEnZGfSx
— SiyandaCalvinNtenga (@Ntenga3ZN) April 23, 2019
Do not drive thru flooded roads. Your car will not make it. Don’t become another statistic #durbanflood
— Paul (@DurbanFire) April 23, 2019