Saturday, July 19, 2008

Residents continue to build informal dwellings in the flood plains

By Cindy Witten
19 July 2007

Cape Town’s winter rains left many informal settlements damaged after the floods. Despite repeated warnings by the City of Cape Town, residents continue to build informal dwellings in the flood plains of the Cape Flats.

“There are now 222 informal settlements accommodating up to 150 000 house holds in and around the metropole and these settlements are not properly served with trauma water systems,” Charlotte Powell, from Disaster Risk Management.

In the media briefing yesterday, the City’s disaster management elaborated on what the city is doing in terms of being prepared for winter.

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