Storm Dineo: Plans in place to respond to emergencies, disasters

Dineo is expected to hit parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal later on Thursday.

Strong winds and rain seen in and around Inhambane, Mozambique as Cyclone Dineo move through the area. Picture: Lee Booysen/Paindane Beach Resort.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Disaster Management Centre says various government departments involved in plans to deal with the aftermath of tropical storm Dineo are currently meeting in Limpopo.

Dineo is expected to hit parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal later on Thursday.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs says a plan is already in place to respond to any emergencies or disasters.

Heading the operation, Dr Mmaphaka Tau says emergency workers are ready to evacuate communities where necessary.

“Everything is in place to proactively plan and gage our communities and to make sure that we put the necessary infrastructure and facilities and mobilise stakeholders to respond to the situation.”

Meanwhile, the Water and Sanitation Department says although it's happy that storm Dineo will not be as strong as previously predicted, it hopes the heavy rain will help boost the country's dam levels.

The tropical cyclone was downgraded on Thursday morning after the strong winds died down to 80km per hour instead of 120km per hour.

The department's Mlimandlela Ndamase says: “We are happy that the South Africa Weather Service is telling us that it’s starting to dissipate, so it does seem that the storm won't cause the damage that we anticipate. But the rain that will come obviously will augment some of our systems. But these are flash floods, they won’t necessarily assist sustainably.”

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(Edited by Tamsin Wort)