Mpumalanga has put measures in place to mitigate the impact of heavy rains expected to hit large parts of the province as a result of tropical storm Eloise.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is predicting possible flooding in four provinces – including Mpumalanga this weekend.

Tropical storm Eloise, which has made landfall in central Mozambique, is expected to cause disruptive rain and widespread flooding on Sunday.

Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson, George Mthethwa, says they have activated municipal disaster management units to be on standby for any eventuality.

Mpumalanga and Limpopo residents warned of tropical cyclone Eloise:

“We have a stockpile of mattresses or sponges if the heavy rain have a negative effect in their households we have a stockpile of water sachets the material used to clean water if muddied our municipalities are on the lead to provide transport in case of evacuation.”

It is predicted that some parts of the Kruger National Park will be hit by major rainfall and strong winds on Sunday due to the cyclone. Park spokesperson, Ike Phaahla, says the park’s disaster teams are on high alert. He says the path of the cyclone is being monitored.

“In our phase one activation we have closed vulnerable camps that might be impacted that in Sereni, Baleleur and Shingwini as well as civil dam overnight hike guests have been informed, and other will be moved to Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Letaba at the current situation we are advising everyone who is coming to the KNP especial far north to exercise caution.”

Tourists are urged to be extra cautious during this period.