The South African Weather Services(SAWS) has issued a warning on the severe tropical storm, Dineo that has already hit Mozambique and reported to extend to the of Lowveld Limpopo and Mpumalanga and parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
Provincial Disaster Management Centres in the affected provinces are already working with (SAWS) to monitor weather patterns and provide advice to relevant stakeholders of possible weather related incidents.
The storm is likely to cause various life threatening situations. High seas, localized flooding, river overflows, wet roads, rural road small bridges damages, reduced visibility on the roads and mud houses collapse can be expected in this regard.
Honourable Nomusa Dube-Ncube MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KZN said, “The cyclone will trigger extreme weather conditions which may lead to floods, heavy winds travelling at high speed. It is therefore inevitable that such conditions may lead to some form of emergencies or even disasters”.
“We are urging communities located in the areas in the northern parts such as uMkhanyakude and King Zululand District extending to the entirety of KZN to be aware and prepared for the passage of cyclone Dineo from Thursday, going to the weekend”, Dube said.
According to Kevin Rae, Chief Forecaster at SAWS, “A warning heavy rainfall may occur in places over the northern Lowveld and adjacent escarpment regions of Limpopo on the evening of Thursday the 16th. The greatest impact (with respect to South African provinces) is suggested to be overnight Thursday and into the morning hours of Friday the 17th, when heavy rain can be expected over the entire eastern half of Limpopo (including the Kruger National Park), where 100 to 200mm of rain could occur per day”.
Rae further stated that by early Friday morning the surface vortex heavy rainfall, most likely in the region of 100 to 200mm per day (or even more). Bearing in mind that the lower portion of the Limpopo River flows directly through the Mozambican region that is most likely to be severely affected, this compounds the risk of flooding for communities which may possibly be displaced by this event.
Dr Stanley Liphadzi, Group Executive at the Water Research Commission said, “We appreciate the presence of good rains however, people need to be cautious about flooding some parts of the South Africa may not be able to absorb and retain water due to the nature of the soils”.
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