The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has been alerted by the South African Weather Service that adverse weather conditions are expected across large parts of the Western Cape from Tuesday evening continuing into Thursday.
Members of the public are advised that heavy rain can be expected particularly in the Peninsula. In addition, extensive gale force winds, very high seas and cold weather conditions including snow on the high-lying areas can be expected.
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell says while the province welcomes the wet weather with open arms, the concern is that the heavy rainfall may lead to localized flooding in some areas.
“Some of the other associated risks during bad weather like this also includes mudslides and informal settlement fires. In the Central Karoo region we had a fatality a short while ago following heavy rains in the area. We want to advise the public to use extreme caution when traveling in the Western Cape or if exposed to the weather over the next few days.”
Provincial as well as Municipal Disaster Management Centres remain fully operational with officials on standby 24/7. These centres can be activated immediately should the need arise.
The Minister has called on the public to contact the relevant disaster management entities as quickly as possible should an emergency occur.
He has also called on communities to cooperate with local authorities and emergency response personnel in the event of any emergency.
“The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cell phone.”
In case of emergency, other relevant numbers to call are:
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