SA Weather Service Predicts More Heavy Rainfall Over Easter Weekend in KZN, More Flooding Expected

SA Weather Service Predicts More Heavy Rainfall Over Easter Weekend in KZN, More Flooding Expected

  • The heavy rains in the KwaZulu-Natal province are likely to resume, according to predictions made by the South African Weather Service
  • The organisation noted that since high winds and rainfall are not over, it is quite likely that over the Easter weekend, flooding could be experienced in other provinces too
  • The SA Weather Service went on to say that warnings in KZN about the previous heavy rains were issued in time, however, they had no idea the rainfall would be so extensive

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DURBAN - The South Africa Weather Service says more heavy rains are expected to continue in KwaZulu-Natal over the Easter weekend. The province has been dealing with the aftermath of torrential rains that resulted in flooding in the past week.

The flooding in the provinces has resulted in the deaths of a reported 341 people. Many people have also been left homeless after their houses either collapsed or were affected by landslides. There has been tons of destruction caused to roads and public infrastructure.

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More rains expected, KZN floods, warnings issued, heavy rains, Durban
More rains expected, KZN floods, warnings issued, heavy rains, Durban
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According to SABC News, Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Transport and Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi are expected to head down to KZN on Easter Friday to assess the damage caused by the floods.

The SA Weather Service says the continued high winds and more rainfall could result in even more flooding in KZN and other provinces such as the Eastern Cape, reports The Guardian.

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Meteorologists say the flooding caught them off guard. In certain regions of KwaZulu-Natal, nearly an entire year's worth of rain fell in less than 48 hours.

The SA Weather Service maintains that flood warnings were issued in a timely manner, however, they could not predict how heavy the rainfall would be. The service stated that such extreme weather conditions are being experienced across the globe more frequently and can be linked to global warming.

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"Heavy rain events such as the current incident can … be expected to recur in the future and with increasing frequency,” said the SA Weather Service.

KZN floods: Horrific Video shows car swept away after attempting to cross a flooded bridge

Briefly News previously reported that a heart-breaking video of a car being swept away into a river has been circulating online, leaving Saffas with mixed emotions.

The clip shared by web influencer Kulani (@kulanicool) on Twitter shows a Toyota Avanza attempt to drive over what appears to be a flooded bridge. The vehicle submerges and forces its way into the water.

It continues to slowly move forward before the reverse lights go on, as the driver attempts to go back. The vehicle eventually succumbs to the force of the water and turns to the side and is thrown into the river water.

It is unknown how many passengers were in the vehicle or the extent of the damage and injuries incurred.

Source: Briefly News

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