High winds wreak havoc in KZN ahead of Veld fire warnings

High winds wreak havoc in KZN ahead of Veld fire warnings

 

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) called on residents to be vigilant and “exercise caution” after warning about possible risk of veld fires was issued the South African Meteorological Service (SAWS).

Weather alerts and warnings for KwaZulu-Natal

Veld fire alarm KwaZulu-Natal

COGTA’s MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, confirmed that disaster management teams on alert “ the likelihood of incidents occurring”. Hlomuka called for caution and added:

“We call on our communities to exercise caution, as veld fires pose a serious risk to human life. This weekend, our teams responded to an incident Nkandla where 20 houses were destroyed uncontrollable fires ”.

Residents urged to take the necessary precautions “including not to make fires open areas”. The minister also called on smokers “to dispose of cigarette stumps an appropriate manner”.

Damaged houses the local municipality of Mvoti as a result of the high winds that hit last night.

COGTA KwaZulu-Natal Department

Blaze disaster of August 16

This follows the deployment of disaster management teams in the local municipality of uMngeni at 200 am on August 16, 2020 “where no less than 300 cabins in district 3 could have been destroyed fire”.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control and noted one death. Minister Hlomuka expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and said that interim relief would be provided to the victims of the fire.

“Although the details still unclear, it is believed that a fire started at 2 am in the informal settlement of Mthulweni and quickly spread to engulf many shacks.”

Gale damage

In addition to the above, the statement also drew attention to homes near Greytown that were damaged on Monday, August 18, 2020. Disaster management teams responded to the incidents.

“Disaster management teams from the local municipality of uMvoti responded last night to an incident where 108 houses were damaged high winds in the areas of Mbilwana, Zihlokweni, Manyonyo and Dormrey in wards 1, 2 and 3 “.

According to the statement, one person was injured and has since received necessary medical treatment. More than 350 people have been affected and disaster management teams “continue to provide support”.

Cold weather conditions

Finally, MEC Hlomuka “also noted the cold weather conditions in large parts of the province” and urged residents to “remain vigilant in their to warm up”.

“We call on residents who use generators and braziers to use them safely and without risk to human life.”

 

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