First group of hujjaj expected on Friday: Sathoa

With the Hajj pilgrimage now drawing to a close, hajj authorities report that despite some minor logistical challenges, the rollout of the pilgrimage has been incident free over the past five days. By Tuesday, most hujjaj had completed the pelting of the Jamarat and will now return to Makkah to[…]

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City warns of localised flooding in the Cape this week

By Anees Teladia With gale-force winds, low temperatures and considerable rainfall expected by some in the Western Cape this week, the City of Cape Town has issued warnings to residents regarding the possibility of localised flooding and damage to property. Residents are asked to prepare themselves for any eventuality and[…]

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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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Heavy rain causes flooding on the Cape Flats

Localised flooding has been reported on the Cape Flats after heavy downpours across the Cape Metropole on Tuesday. Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said many formal and informal settlements where affected, however no emergency evacuations were needed. “Due to last night’s heavy downpours, localised flooding has occurred in informal[…]

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UPDATE: Authorities assess CT flood damage

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has confirmed that the Roads and Stormwater Department has cleared most roadways and unblocked drains in areas that have been affected by Thursdays evening’s gale force winds and heavy downpours. Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell explained that Chapman’s Peak Drive[…]

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150 properties affected by heavy downpours, gale force winds

At least 150 residential properties have been affected in Thursday evening’s rain and gale force winds. The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has confirmed that flooding has impacted residents of Goodwood, Parow, Ravensmead, Belhar and Bellville South. Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell said Roofs of homes[…]

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East Africa hit by severe flooding

More than 500,000 people have been displaced in East Africa following heavy seasonal rainfall that has resulted in widespread flooding across large parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. In Somalia the flooding has displaced 470,000 and damaged or destroyed key infrastructure in Belet Wenye, Hiiran, Hirshabelle, Baidoa, Lower Shabelle and[…]

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29 informal settlements at risk of flooding this winter

The City of Cape Town’s Flooding and Storms Task Team has identified 29 informal settlements at risk of flooding during the coming winter season. Most of the settlements are located along the N2 freeway and Khayelitsha. While the scourge of drought continues to impact communities, mayoral committee member for safety[…]

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