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BREAKING | BCM disaster management on high alert with storms battering city

A flooded street during the heavy storm that hit Buffalo City on Saturday.
A flooded street during the heavy storm that hit Buffalo City on Saturday.
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Buffalo City Metro is on high alert following continuous heavy rains and flooding across the city on Saturday morning.

“The Metro has activated its disaster management teams including Fire Services, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement.

“Our Electricity and Water standby teams are also attending to reported faults.

“The Municipality is attending to various flooding incidents that have impacted on homes, particularly informal settlements, and various flooded roads,” the city said in a statement.

“Evacuations in Mdantsane's Zone 1 and teams are on-site in Zone 3 and 18.

“We are working with ward Councillors to provide disaster relief packages and alternative accommodation to the families whose homes have been swept or invaded by water.”

BCM's Executive Mayor Xola Pakati is going on-site to assess some of the damages, the city said.

CITY ON HIGH ALERT AS HEAVY RAINS PERSISTS The Buffalo City Metro is on high alert following continuous heavy rains...

Posted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality on Saturday, January 8, 2022

“We are also working with the SAPS on occasions where rescue operations are stretching our resources.

“Our municipal disaster operations are going to continue and as the City, we want to warn people to exercise caution.

“Those residing in low-lying areas must seek alternative accommodation. Motorists must avoid crossing on flooded roads, bridges and drains.”

Affected communities must contact their ward councillors, the Fire Department on 043 705 9000 or the call centre on 086 111 3017.

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Sifone sancama bethuna.. Simkhuphile kodwa 🙏🙏🙏

Posted by Siviwe Mangqasana on Saturday, January 8, 2022

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