Johannesburg – City of Ekurhuleni’s Disaster and Emergency Management Services has warned residents to be alert at residence and on the roads because the South African Weather Services say there’ll be extra rainfall.
Heavy downpours may end in flooding. Residents are urged to take care of their private and pets’ security, livestock and private belongings and properties.
Spokesperson Willie Ntladi mentioned whereas rescue groups are prepared, heavy downpours with thunderstorms had been essentially the most harmful.
“They cause power outages and damage infrastructures and water levels rise rapidly, elevating the risk of flooding. Floods can occur either with little warning or develop slowly after rain has ceased over the low-lying areas.”
With matric pupils now writing exams, Ntladi mentioned it was necessary that dad and mom guarantee they depart sooner than typical for varsity and examination centres, in case rivers, spruits and culverts they cross on their method are flooded. They can use different routes.
“In general, parents are encouraged to accompany little children to their different learning institutions for safety reasons.
“The pipeline surfaces are slippery. Pedestrians walking on them might find themselves falling into the flooded rivers and drown. Trenches left open are acting as a death trap. Unsuspecting pedestrians might find themselves falling in and ultimately drown.”
Ntladi mentioned folks residing in low-lying areas ought to take particular precaution throughout hostile climate situations.
He mentioned they need to monitor the rising water ranges and evacuate to a safer place or larger spots in case the water stage rises.
Ntladi gives extra security measures:
l Do not stroll, swim or drive by way of flood waters, flip round and use another route; steer clear of bridges over a fast-moving water present.
l Depending on the kind of flooding, evacuate if informed to take action.
l Monitor climate alerts on radios and televisions and keep away from driving by way of flooded areas and standing water, which may cause you to lose management of your car and crash.
l Do not drink flood water, or use it to scrub dishes, brush tooth, or wash/put together meals. Drink clear, secure water; throw away any meals and bottled water that may need encountered floodwater.
l Keep your cellular phone out there and have emergency numbers at hand.
l Be vigilant at evening. It is tougher to recognise doubtlessly lethal street and water hazards.
l Do not camp or park your automobile alongside rivers, particularly throughout heavy rains or thunderstorms.
l If you might be on foot, remember that low-level shifting water can be harmful throughout flood situations. If you stumble upon shifting or damming water, don’t stroll into it.
l Where attainable, communities are inspired to attempt to keep away from contact with any flood waters. The water may be contaminated with uncooked sewage, oil or different harmful substances, and may even be charged with electrical energy from fallen energy strains.