Ekurhuleni ready for summer rains


Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) led all the Ekurhuleni departments that were tasked with assessing the city’s state of readiness for the rainy season.

A strategic plan to respond to adverse weather patterns was also drafted.

William Ntladi, DEMS’s spokesperson, said all the relevant departments were part of the planning for any eventualities that might occur because of any adverse weather conditions.

Flooding hot spots were also identified and will be monitored.

He said one of the main causes of flooding is the blockage of the stormwater drainage systems.

“The city pleads with residents to refrain from littering. Disposal of waste material, building rubble and removing dry vegetation from roofs and gutters will prevent unnecessary blockages,” said Ntladi.

He said DEMS is on high alert and will engage with the South African Weather Services (Saws) throughout the rainy season.

Alerts will be communicated through various available media platforms to keep residents informed.

Emergency numbers are:

• 10177 – National Toll Free Number

• 112 – from cellular phones.

• 011 458 0911 for life threatening emergencies.

Buli Sonqishe

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