Harsh weather pounds Western Cape

2012-08-13 08:33

Cape Town - Heavy rains and gale force winds lashed the Western Cape over the weekend, destroying homes and leaving thousands without shelter.

The Weekend Argus reported heavy snowfalls in Ceres and other areas in the Boland.

About 3 500 people were left homeless in Philippi, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Hout Bay, Phola Park, Masiphumelele, Lotus Park, Wallacedene and Happy Valley when their homes were destroyed in the stormy weather.

Electricity supply was down in several Cape Town suburbs as well as in towns like Somerset West, Grabouw, Swellendam, George, Worcester and Beaufort West.

An Eskom spokesperson said the power cuts had been caused by unusually strong rain and wind.
Another cold front was set to hit Cape Town on Tuesday.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-08-13 08:51

    Enough already. Can we switch off this terrible weather and bring back the sunshine please?

  • blignault.michaele - 2012-08-13 08:52

    I hope all the people who have lost their houses find adequate shelter for the oncoming cold front. I have empathy for you.

  • max.maxwell - 2012-08-13 09:07

    Eish! More cold on it's way to East Griqualand! Enough already! We lost 2 members of our community last week to hypothermia, so let's have some warmth please!

  • paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-13 09:29

    I suspect there might be more trouble from the protesters soon.

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