Overnight downpours have left many houses and roads flooded in some portions of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Following a caution by way of the South African climate carrier (SAWS) of utmost thunderstorms and heavy downpours around the Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay citizens aroused from sleep to flooded properties and roads on Saturday with some portions recording as much as 37mm of rain.
Townships appear to be the worst affected as citizens allege that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has omitted the upkeep of stormwater for years.
Kwazakhele Township resident, Chwayita Ngqawana says they have reported the problem to the municipality for years, however not anything has been carried out about it.
“This is not the first time our homes have been flooded, over the years we’ve reported the issue of blocked storm drains to the previous councillor and even the new one, but nothing has been done about it, ” Ngqawana stated.
Nelson Mandela Bay government mayor Retief Odendaal has admitted that the municipality has certainly omitted the upkeep of typhoon water drainage techniques.
“We’re aware that the drainage system of storm water drains has been neglected for years and has caused many problems for residents. We urge residents to come forward and help in ascertaining where the weak points are in our storm water drainage systems, and where work is needed.” He stated.
In June, Nelson Mandela Bay was once a trifling 3 days clear of Day Zero of no water. No vital dam-filling rain had fallen within the metro in six years, leading to extended drought.
Although those downpours will have gave the impression vital, SAWS’ climate guru Garth Sampson says to relieve the present water disaster, much more rain is needed.
“Unfortunately, only 0.2 to 4.6 millimeters of rain had been recorded in the catchment areas, and runoff from the rains would not be apparent for several days.” Said Sampson.
In the approaching days, Sampson stated the Bay space will have to be expecting some mild rain.
Sampson added:”Nothing can stop the water crisis at this time,”