The Eastern Cape will receive heavy rain today, March 24, with a Level 6 Orange Weather Advisory in effect for heavy rain with possible flooding according to the AT Meteorological Service.
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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE EASTERN CAPE
Here is the weather forecast for your area:
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HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING HEAVY RAIN
During extreme rainy weather, it is important to take all precautions to stay safe; Here are some tips.
- During storms, people living in low-lying areas should be especially careful, as they may be affected by flash flooding.
- They should monitor the rising water level and evacuate to a safer or higher location when the water level rises.
- Use other routes and do not cross flooded roads or bridges.
- Avoid crossing low bridges, streams, and rivers.
- Never attempt to walk, swim, or drive in fast-moving water, as it may cause you to lose your balance.
- Motorists should be very careful and avoid driving through flooded areas.
- Drive and park in safer areas.
- Monitor weather alerts on radio and television.
- Contact the municipal disaster management centres, the nearest police station or call the national emergency numbers (112, 10177 or 107) when facing threats.
- Do not attempt to drive over a bridge with low water if the water is flowing strongly across it and the ground is not visible.
- Teach children about the dangers of flooding.
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- Store important documents in a waterproof container.
- Keep cell phones nearby and have emergency numbers handy.
- Be especially vigilant at night, as it is more difficult to recognize life-threatening road hazards.
- Do not camp or park cars along rivers or streams, especially during heavy rain or thunderstorms.
- If you are on foot, be aware that low moving water can also be dangerous during flood conditions.
- Do not walk into moving water.
“Communities are encouraged to try to avoid contact with floodwaters, as they may be contaminated with raw sewage, oil, or other hazardous substances and can also be charged with electricity from downed power lines.” concluded the statement from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.