Almost 800mm of rainfall in KZN brings joy and mayhem
South Africa Almost 800mm of rainfall in KZN brings joy and mayhem 11 October 2017 - 15:10 By Suthentira Govender And Yasantha Naidoo Flooded streets in Durban on Tuesday. Despite the KZN receiving a staggering 784mm of rainfall, water restrictions for Durban and its neighbouring towns remain effective.
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While some of KwaZulu-Natalâs dams are overflowingâ water restrictions for Durban and its neighbouring towns remain effective.
Thisâ despite the province receiving a staggering 784mm of rainfall on Tuesdayâ leaving a trail of death and destruction in the province.
According to Umgeni Waterâ Tuesdayâs torrential rainsâ âpushed up the level of at least three dams to overflowingâ.
These include Umzintoâ EJ Smith and Mhlabatshane - all located along the south coast where about 540mm rainfall was recorded from October 1 to 10.
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âThe amount of water resources collectively available in the Mgeni system is not sufficient to meet the full demands of eThekwiniâ Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu municipalitiesââ said Shami Harichunderâ Umgeni Water spokesman.
âIt is as a result of a protracted period of below-average rainfall in the Mgeni system and weather forecastersâ projections that this trend would continue into 2018â a decision was taken by the Mgeni system Joint Operations Committee to apply to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation for current water restrictions of 15% to be extended for another year.
âThis application has been approved and restrictions of 15% remain in placeââ said Harichunder.
The water entity is concerned about the level of Albert Falls - the largest dam in Umgeni Waterâs operational area - which has remained consistently at below 25% for almost six months.
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According to rainfall figures released by the SA Weather Service on Wednesdayâ the highest rainfallâ at 108mmâ was recorded in the Durban South Merebank areaâ followed by 81mm in Paddock - inland from Margate on the south coast - and 69mm in the Mount Edgecombe area which encompasses Umhlangaâ Phoenix and Gateway Thea tre of Shopping.
Figures showed that Paddock recorded 144mm of rainfall the previous day when a massive storm hit Gauteng.
The Eastern Cape experienced 68mm of rain while there was no rainfall higher than 1mm in Gautengâ Mpumalangaâ Limpopoâ North Westâ Free State and Western Cape.
The South African Weather Service warned on Twitter that high seas - with waves reaching heights of over six metres - were expected between Durban and Mozambique on Wednesday.
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