Rains bring relief to Western Cape

2016-06-20 18:08


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Cape Town - Heavy rainfall in recent weeks has resulted in a 5% increase in some of the Western Cape’s dam levels. 

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell on Monday said these include the Bulshoek, Clanwilliam and Voëlvlei dams.

"Large areas of the province have received much needed rainfall. This has assisted the agriculture sector in those regions to some extent. Unfortunately, we are not in the clear yet and a lot more rain is still needed to enable dam levels to recover fully for the summer season," he said.

Dam levels are currently at an average of 35.4% across the province, compared to 59.2% at the same time last year.

The South African Weather Service said heavy rains were expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and Overberg District on Monday. A 60% chance of rain was forecast.

A 30% chance of rain was expected in the rest of the province on Monday.

This after weekend rainfall in Cape Town saw thousands of people affected by flooding in the city’s informal settlements.

By Monday morning, disaster risk management tallies stood at 1 600 shacks flooded, with 6 500 residents in Khayelitsha, Phillipi and Gugulethu affected.

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