Storms wreak havoc

2017-06-08 06:01
Mesie Tafeni’s geyser was blown off the roof of her house in Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. Wind and rain storms caused havoc on Wednesday morning in the Cape.  PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Mesie Tafeni’s geyser was blown off the roof of her house in Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. Wind and rain storms caused havoc on Wednesday morning in the Cape. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Eight people were confirmed dead, four of them in a fire caused by lightning, as a massive stormed raged in the Western Cape on yesterday(Wednesday).

According to Cape Town disaster risk management, the four were killed in the blaze in Kraaifontein.

In Lavender Hill, a 60-year-old man was killed when a home collapsed on him.

The Eden District Municipality issued a statement saying three people – a farm worker, his wife and their son – had died in a fire in Rheenendal. Fires were spreading in the area.

And the cold front making its way through the Western Cape has not yet reached its peak, provincial authorities warned on Wednesday morning.

The intense storm has led to the displacement of about 15 families in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.

Strong winds blew roofs off homes in Strand, Kalkfontein, Mfuleni and Delft, and the severe weather conditions also damaged electrical cables in Athlone, Pelican Park, Goodwood and Parow Valley.

“Some evacuations have been made and a handful of injured citizens(were) taken to hospital by Emergency Services. The injuries were caused by collapsing roofs,” Styan said.

The City of Cape Town said flooding occurred in informal settlements across the city.

Humanitarian aid has been dispatched to assist affected communities, City of Cape Town disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was on standby as the full extent of a massive cold front will hit the Western Cape on Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said.

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