Thousands displaced by Cape Town flooding

2016-06-20 09:58
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Cape Town - Thousands of people have been displaced by flooding in informal settlements in Cape Town, disaster management has said.

Informal settlements in Khayelitsha, Phillipi and Gugulethu have been flooded following heavy rain this past weekend, spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

So far, 1 600 shacks with 6 500 residents have been affected.

No emergency sheltering has been activated, however, as residents have opted to stay with family and friends she said.

But emergency sheltering was available in community halls.

NGO’s Mustadafin Foundation, the SA Red Cross Society and Historical Disadvantage Individuals were helping with hot meals, blankets and clothing, Powell said.

No injuries had been reported.

The city posted on its Facebook page that in the event of flooding, residents can call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone for help.

It also posted tips on how to prepare against flooding, which can be found here: http://bit.ly/Floods_Infographic

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