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 20;exercise great caution21; after warning about possible risk of veld fires was issued by the South African Meteorological Service (SAWS).

Weather alerts and warnings for KwaZulu-Natal

Veld fire alarm in KwaZulu-Natal

COGTA17;s MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, confirmed that disaster management teams are on alert “in the likelihood of incidents occurring”. Hlomuka called for caution and added:

“We call on our communities to exercise great caution, as veld fires pose serious risk to human life. This weekend, our teams responded to an incident in Nkandla where 0 houses were destroyed by uncontrollable fires ”.

Residents are urged to take the necessary precautions 20;including not to make fires in open areas21;. The minister also called on smokers 20;to dispose of cigarette stumps in an appropriate manner21;.

Damaged houses in the local municipality of Mvoti as 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 2:00 am on August 16, 2020 “where no less than 300 cabins in district 3 could have been destroyed by fire”.

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

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

Gale force 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 by high winds in the areas of Mbilwana, Zihlokweni, Manyonyo and Dormrey in wards 1, 2 and 3 “.

According to the statement, 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 efforts to warm up”.

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

 

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