Storm and flooding update
The winter storm conditions continue in Cape Town with very wet and cold weather predicted for the entire week through to Sunday. The continuous rainfall has seen localised flooding in low-lying areas in the City of Cape Town. This can be expected to worsen over the next few days as rain continues to fall.
The worst affected region at present is the City of Cape Town. In the central and eastern parts of the metro, more than 2500 structures – including structures that have been erected illegally in wetlands and stormwater ponds – have been flooded.
In the northern parts of the metro an assessment has found 3250 structures flooded and an estimated 6300 people affected.
Further assessments continue in areas including Strand and Mfuleni.
Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says large amounts of rain has been measured across the province already including 71mm in Geelbek on the Westcoast and 55mm in Ceres.
“However lots of rain has fallen and continues to fall in the metro area. The City of Cape Town and its partners are already rolling out support to affected communities. This includes providing milling, hot meals and blankets to affected communities.”
Elsewhere in the province the weather has not had such a big impact yet but as rainfall continues, further situations may develop. The disaster management centre remains on high alert.
Spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell
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