CT disaster centre orders evacuation

2012-07-08 17:18

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Cape Town - Cape Town's disaster risk management centre has declared an evacuation order for the River Club in Observatory lying next to the Liesbeeck River as a result of the rising water level.
 
A spokesperson for the centre, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, says the rising levels of the river jeopardised the safety of approximately 60 people on the premises. They have been evacuated.
 
Residents are urged to stay clear and to leave the surrounding areas immediately for their own safety. 
 
The city’s public safety authorities have been deployed to the area to regulate traffic and to ensure the safety of the crowds.
 
The rising levels of the water have flooded the club's courtyard, but with no significant damage to the buildings.
 
Fifteen vehicles have been removed from the flooded area.
 
Earlier the Weather Office issued several warnings as the country is in the icy grip of winter.

Residents in the Western Cape  were warned to expect very cold conditions over the north-western parts of the province as well as heavy swells of over 4m between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred.

KwaZulu-Natal would be very cold, especially in the western parts of the province and in the Eastern Cape residents were told to expect very cold conditions, especially over the north-western high ground.

Heavy thunderstorms were forecast for Gauteng and Mpumalanga.




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