Thursday, June 18, 2015

City surveys impact of flooding in the Cape Flats

Loyiso Langeni
18 June 2015

The City of Cape Town yesterday started to assess the extent of the first severe flooding Cape Town had on Monday and Tuesday.

The city's disaster risk management centre said a total of 3 836 people in a number of informal settlements around Cape Town have been affected by flooding.  

The areas affected were Monwabisi Khayelitsha, Strand, Delft Temporary Relocation Area, Kanana in Gugulethu.

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said we are looking at a long winter and the Weather SA said the range will carry on quite long. So we are hoping that we will be seeing an improvement from last year when we had about 50 000 people affected by flooding.

We want see that target come down this year and have less people exposed, that also means that communities must work with us where we have large land invasions like Siqalo and Marikana, the reality is that on that private property we cannot implement services and the best we can do is reactive humanitarian. 



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