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Rain wreaks havoc in Western Cape

2012-07-23 08:42

Cape Town - Heavy rain and stormy weather raged across the Western Cape over the weekend, wreaking havoc and causing accidents.

Four-hundred and eighty people had been displaced by the heavy rain on Saturday, the Weekend Argus reported.

The Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre said close to 500 people from Strand and informal settlements in the area had been taken to a community hall for shelter.

Disaster teams had been sent to 12 areas in the province, among them Khayelitsha, Delft and Brown’s Farm.

On Monday the SA Weather Service issued a warning about very cold conditions in the Eastern Cape while cautioning that it would still be cold in the Western Cape.

No rain was forecast for Cape Town on Monday but a few more showers could hit the city by the end of the week.

Comments
  • JanHNortje - 2012-07-23 10:08

    This happens every year when it rains!!! Should the Municipality not improve arrogation in these areas to direct water to away. We are spending Millions on roads not getting finished when these people struggle with basic needs only km's away.

      glenn.kohne - 2012-07-23 11:14

      When they start paying tax and for their plot of land like the rest of us then start improving their quality of life ....

      JanHNortje - 2012-07-23 12:52

      @Glenn. The ANC gets their votes because they promise better living. We must show that we deliver even thou they did not vote for US. People get measured by how well they treat the less fortunate. And how can you expect them to pay tax when they earn min wage. For them it's about surviving.

      flyswat - 2012-07-23 20:22

      If you want to build on a flood plain, don't cry when it rains...

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-07-23 10:59

    Remove the people from the lower informal settlements to the higher grounds of North Africa !! They arrived here knowingly that it is the Cape of Storms, so sorry, NO sympathy.

  • zambezi.river - 2012-07-23 11:39

    This is the thanx for voting DA

      TSR01 - 2012-07-23 12:24

      No, this is the informal settlements that are established by dwellers who don't know where the water-line is because they "set up camp" in Summer when its dry to be closer to the rivers and waterways, but then when the Winter weather rains and pours, the banks overflow and its a problem for the Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre. 1. Do these informal settlers pay taxes? No. 2. Do these informal settlers know about flood risks in low lying areas? No. 3. Do these informal settlers want to blame their mistakes on others? Yes. Zambezi.river, are you an informal settler? The way you're carrying on might indicate that to be the case.

      TSR01 - 2012-07-23 12:31

      Support for those affected by the severe weather: http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/Thousands-receive-aid-in-Cape-Town-20120723 I don't recall the ANC ever doing much for the provinces under their govern affected by severe disasters, etc.

      JanHNortje - 2012-07-23 12:59

      @Zambezi. Do you REALLY think the ANC would do better. We build toilets and the ANC supporters breaks it down and exploit us for not doing a better job when they do F-OL, all they do is take out taxes and enrich themselves. I do agree that we need to do something here, I feel sorry for them. I just hope the ANC supporters will allow us.

      flyswat - 2012-07-23 20:25

      Absolutely right. The Western Cape is a terrible place. You definitely should get out here. I'm sure there are much better places to stay. I'm sure many would be happy to help you relocate...

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