Why are floods in KwaZulu-Natal so devastating?

Connie Queline

Why are floods in KwaZulu-Natal so devastating?

Developing an efficient network of stormwater drains, sewers and retention ponds to control the flow of water during heavy rainfall events is vital. This infrastructure should be regularly maintained and updated.

The province needs to move towards climate change adaptation. Public awareness and education campaigns on the importance of flood-resistant measures will foster a sense of responsibility in preventing flooding.

The authorities must collaborate with other cities that face similar problems. Nations like Japan, which efficiently manages natural disasters, offer useful examples we could follow.

Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu, Full Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

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