Disaster Management

Over 3000 homes flooded in informal settlements

Over 3000 homes were flooded and damaged in informal settlements across the peninsula during the heavy rainfall over the past two days. The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Operations Centre logged 176 incidents with many reports of flooding, power outages and fallen trees.  The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Operations[…]

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Sassa to handle social relief for disasters in Cape Town

The City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC), will no longer be distributing and handling and coordinating humanitarian relief efforts for disasters like fires and floods, as the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is handling the provision of social relief to disaster victims. The City has been[…]

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Festival organisers to meet with stallholders

VOC’s festival convening team will meet on Monday evening to discuss concerns raised by stallholders after the cancellation of the festival yesterday. In an unprecedented move, organisers called off the festival at Vyigeskraal stadium due to the risks posed by gale force winds, which had damaged marquees and parts of[…]

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More homes damaged by Cape storm

A number of homes on the Cape Flats were severely damaged by Wednesday night’s gale force winds. Heavy rains and strong winds have lashed the city over the past two days, flooding informal settlements and the coastline.  On Thursday, the Disaster Management Centre reported that roofs have been blown off[…]

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Cape residents urged to remain cautious

Western Cape authorities will be looking to start mop-up operations on Thursday as a deadly storm peters out and heads inland. Eight people lost their lives in the storm that wreaked havoc across the province. The South African Weather Service is warning that heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas[…]

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8 deaths in Cape storm

UPDATED: Five people have been killed, four of them in a fire caused by lightning on Wednesday as a massive stormed raged in the Western Cape.The four were killed in a blaze in Kraaifontein. In Lavender Hill, a 60-year-old man was killed when a home collapsed on him. Spokesperson for the[…]

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WARNING: Gale force winds set to whip up Cape Town

Hold on to your hats – the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has warned that gale force westerly to north-westerly winds are expected between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas on Friday afternoon. Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith advised Capetonians to stay indoors where[…]

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W Cape assures of disaster season readiness

Western Cape Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell says he is pleased with the province’s preparations for the Disaster Management seasaon. Role players from the Disaster Risk Management and the National Sea Rescue Institute have presented their summer readiness plans in Cape Town. Bredell has urged the public to play their[…]

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Fires over Xmas weekend wreck havoc in CT

Fires over the Christmas weekend wreaked havoc in Cape Town causing damages of millions of rand. Fires destroyed 82 shacks across Cape Peninsula, while seven houses were gutted by an inferno. The City of Cape Town’s disaster authorities say damages to property and household contents amounts to over R3.6 million.[…]

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City mops up floods

Disaster management authorities are in full swing with relief efforts after a weekend of heavy rains and icy weather conditions. 26 000 people have been badly affected by the wind storms and the generous amount of rain that was predicted by the South African Weather Services. Clean-up operations came into[…]

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