More than 9 000 affected by flooding in Cape Town

2016-07-26 17:24
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Cape Town – More than 9000 people have been badly affected by flooding and inclement weather, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management unit said on Tuesday.

NGOs had been called in to provide blankets and hot meals for 6 000 people in Philippi and 3200 in Khayelitsha, after 2 300 homes were affected by heavy rains, spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

Flood kits had been supplied to the families, although no emergency sheltering was necessary yet, she said.

The adverse weather was expected to continue across large parts of the province until Thursday, spokesperson for minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning James-Brent Styan said.

"Members of the public are advised that heavy rain can still be expected, particularly in the Overberg and Peninsula region, along the West Coast, its adjacent interior, and the Cape Winelands. In addition, gale force wind and very cold weather conditions can be expected," he said.

Apart from localised flooding, associated risks such as mudslides and fires at informal settlements were possible.

Styan said according to an advisory from the SA Weather Service, very cold conditions would persist for the week. Light snowfalls were possible over the Nuweveld, Cederberg, Namaqualand and Swartberg mountain ranges.

"Provincial as well as municipal disaster management centres remain fully operational with officials on standby 24/7. These centres can be activated immediately should the need arise," he said.


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