Two drowned in Cape floods

2013-11-18 16:18
Limpopo flooding (Elana Treu-Viljoen, Supplied)

Limpopo flooding (Elana Treu-Viljoen, Supplied)

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Somerset West flash flood from the air

2013-11-18 08:45

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Cape Town - Two women drowned during flooding in the Western Cape over the weekend, police said on Monday.

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

The first woman was found on Saturday. Divers found her companion on Sunday 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 rockfalls, 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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