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Flood alert issued for Western Cape

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Heavy rains, flooding, high winds and cold temperatures hit Cape Town and much of the province on Monday night.

Disaster Risk Management’s Charlotte Powell said the area most affected by flooding thus far was Khayelitsha.

“Our teams are busy assessing. The standard procedure is for the Human Settlements directorate to asses the full damage to the houses and informal structures, Powell said.

In Cape Town, the flower sellers along Adderley Street were hit by gusts of wind this morning that tore open the tops of a stand and sent flowers and containers flying on to the street.

Snow fell over some mountain ranges, especially the Swartberg where the road between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn was cut off this morning.

Almost 10 000 people have been affected by flooding in Phillipi and Khayelitsha on Tuesday, the City of Cape Town said.

On Monday, the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre warned that parts of the Western Cape should prepare for rain storms, flooding and gale force winds.

The SA Weather Service issued a serve weather warning from July 25 until July 28.

Powell said 1 500 structures and 6 000 people were affected by flooding in Phillipi while in Khayelitsha 800 structures and 3 200 people were affected.

“Our NGO partners have been activated to supply humanitarian relief which is blankets and hot meals. The City’s Human Settlements Department has supplied flood kits”, Powell said.

As yet, no emergency shelter has been provided.

Several other provinces were also hit hard by the bad weather on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

[Source: Cape Argus and African News Agency]

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