Two die in Western Cape floods

2013-11-18 16:07

Two women drowned during flooding in the Western Cape over the weekend.

Their car was swept off a bridge in Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, while they were on their way to church on Friday, Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana said today.

The first woman was found on Saturday. Divers found her companion yesterday after water levels had subsided. The two, aged 35 and 47, were not related.

Over 18 000 people were affected by the floods. The affected areas included Delft, Faure, Fish Hoek, Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Macassar, Philippi, Scarborough, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West, Strand and Valhalla Park.

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

Cape Town disaster management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said conditions had improved and people were back in their homes. All roads except Chapman’s Peak Drive were open.

He said the city was currently assessing the cost of the damage.

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