25 January 2021
Pretoria – Following a level 10 warning for disruptive rain in various municipalities in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, the City of Tshwane Emergency Services had called on residents in the northern and north eastern parts of the City to be on high alert, as parts of Gauteng and the City may also experience some disruptive rain from (today) Monday 25 January 2021.
Thabo Charles Mabasa Deputy Chief- Public Information and Liaison Officer said that the level 10 warning indicates that the impact of the cyclone on the infrastructure, lives and livelihoods of people and animals and the environment is likely to very devastating.
“The disruptive rain is as a result of the Tropical Cyclone Eloise, which has left some people dead in Mozambique and caused damage to infrastructure and continue to bring disruptive and damaging rain accompanied with damaging winds in various parts of the country.”
“We call upon residents that may experience rain in the various regions of the City to be vigilant and alert of possible flooding of susceptible roads and low-lying bridges that could make traveling difficult, and cause damage to formal and informal settlements,” Mabasa said.
The risk of trees being uprooted by the wind and the fact that the ground is already wet in most places remains. This might result in damage to infrastructure and proprieties, as well as danger to humans due to flying debris.
Mabasa added that the Emergency Services Department, together with other City departments remain on high alert to implement flood incident management plans as may be required.
Meanwhile, Mabasa urged residents to report a fire or life-threatening emergency on 107 or alternatively call 012 358 6300/6400.