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Nelson Mandela Bay Disaster Management Unit ready as heavy rains continue

Apr 23, 2019
Nelson Mandela Bay Disaster Management Unit ready as heavy rains continue

South African Weather Services indicates that more rain is expected

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, on Tuesday said he was delighted "at the blessing of rainfall in our city and wider region over the Easter weekend".

"The rain comes at a time when we are still under water restrictions, with our dam levels relatively low," Bobani said.

"The information received from South African Weather Services indicates that more rain is expected during the course of the day, with heavy showers towards late afternoon.

"We are also very pleased that the rain has managed to reach the catchment areas."

Bobani said that having said that, the Metro is aware that due to the backlog in housing delivery, some of our residents still live in shacks and stressed areas.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Disaster Management Centre on alert

 

"Heavy rain poses great risks to them: damage to their valuables and even the possible endangerment of lives," he added.

"It is for this reason that I have called on the Municipality's Disaster Management Unit to be on the alert and closely monitor the situation.

"Disaster Management officers are already out in different areas across the City to assess the situation, with a special focus on the floodplain areas.

"I have advised the Unit to put the Joint Operations Centre on standby for any eventuality; from now until the situation clears."

Bobani said that fortunately, the Metro has not yet received any reports of incidents in relations to the rain/floods.

"We call on those residents that may be affected by the heavy rainfals/floods to immediately contact the Disaster Management Centre at 0800 205050."

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