18 000 affected by Western Cape floods

2013-11-16 23:49

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Over 18 000 people have been affected by widespread floods in the Western Cape.

"Approximately 18 000 people were affected, an evacuation was initiated and people were sheltered in various halls," said Cape Town disaster management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

The affected areas included Delft, Faure, Fish Hoek, Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Macassar, Phillippi, Scarborough, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Strand and Vahalla Park.

The flooding caused numerous rockfalls, mudslides and landslides along mountainous areas.

"Engineering crews cleared up many of the areas where these incidents occurred and will, during the course of tomorrow [Sunday] proceed with recovery work."

Power outages were reported in several areas, said Solomons-Johannes.

"We wish to advice that some areas may experience delays as conditions are too hazardous in certain instances to restore power supply."

More rain was expected in parts of the Western Cape tomorrow, the SA Weather Service said.

Provincial disaster management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said systems were in place to ensure people were protected from floods.

Persistent rain had caused the Lourensford River to burst its banks.

She said 70 residents from Kays Caravan Park were placed at the Garden Village hall and 129 patients were evacuated at the Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West last night and taken to neighbouring hospitals.

Earlier, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said members brought sea rescue vehicles and jet-ski's to rescue the patients.

Photos on social media site Twitter showed nurses pushing stretchers down a hospital corridor through water knee-deep.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that by 2.30am today, most patients and staff had been evacuated.

Provincial department of transport spokesperson Al-Ameen Kafaar said Chapman's Peak drive in Cape Town was closed until further notice.

"A maintenance team is busy clearing up the debris on the road."

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