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Residents urged to avoid crossing flooded bridges.

Thulamahashe and Songeni Village are both positioned directly in the path of the raging Nwandlamarhi River.

The MPUMALANGA Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Mandla Ndlovu, issued a warning to the local population this week to be on the watch for severe weather predictions.

He said that in the past the province has suffered significant rain, which led to the overflowing of rivers and streams as well as the damage of infrastructure.

The South African Weather Services have predicted that some regions of the nation would see an increase in rainfall.

Residents were encouraged by Ndlovu to remain indoors and to avoid crossing any bridges that were inundated.

"The government strongly recommends that residents in affected areas remain inside and refrain from traveling through flooded bridges. We shall continue to make current early warning warnings available to the general public via any and all communication platforms and channels that are currently in use. As a consequence of this, communities are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of all recent events, as he said.

He said that the local and provincial disaster management teams are on high alert and are standing by to provide assistance to the areas.

"Citizens are urged to take safety measures, particularly those who are residing in low-lying locations," the advisory reads. When the roads are wet, drivers are urged to exercise extra caution in order to reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident.

In the case that residents are affected by floods, they should contact the Disaster Management office at the toll-free number 0800 202 507 as soon as possible.

Source:https://www.dailysun.co.za/dailysun/news/residents-urged-to-avoid-crossing-flooded-bridges-20220522

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MPUMALANGA Co-operative Governance and Mandla Ndlovu Ndlovu Songeni Village South African Weather Services

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