GARDEN ROUTE DISTRCT | KAROO NEWS - Disaster Management centres across the province and emergency responders are on standby for the severe weather predicted for the Western Cape this week.
The South African Weather Services are advising that the province can expect very cold weather and disruptive snowfall over the high lying areas of Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts from this evening to Tuesday.
The SAWS further projects heavy rainfall leading to localised flooding across the coastal regions of the province, from Cape Town to the Garden Route over the period.
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, is urging members of the public to stay indoors and off the roads over the period as far as possible.
“We want to make the public aware of the latest weather warnings and in particular, highlight the risks of being outdoors during these weather conditions. Avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. In rural areas relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground.”
Bredell says the public should contact the relevant disaster management entities as quickly as possible should an emergency occur.
“The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cell phone.”
In case of emergency other relevant numbers to call are:
Garden Route District: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo: 023 449 8000
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