Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Heavy snowfall in Eastern Cape


By Odette Ismail

Arrive Alive has warned that roofs of houses and businesses are in danger of collapsing in the Eastern Cape due to heavy snowfall.

Arrive Alive spokesperson Tshepo Machaea told Independent Online that the area experienced snowfalls through the night and that the R58 between Barkly East and Elliot would be closed off on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile Disaster teams and traffic officials have been using graders to remove snow off the road. Machaea also gave caution to motorists in the northern parts of the province to drive carefully as rock falls had been reported.

Six people died in floods which swept Port Elizabeth last month while gales and very rough seas along the coast got hold of the Cape south coast, the Kwazulu-Natal north coast as well as the Western Cape south coast.

picture: www.transport.gov.za

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