12k people affected due to Cape Storms, as mop-up operations continues

The City of Cape Town said 12 000 people have been affected by this weekends storm, as mop-up operations are continuing across the Cape Metro.

PICTURE: X - @TrafficSA: Road collapsed due to storm on R44 Clarence Drive

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management’s Charlotte Powell gave an update, just after 15:00 on Tuesday, and said their NGO partners are assisting communities in the worst affected areas and supporting community based organisations with hot meals, food parcels, blankets and mattresses.

‘’The following have been assessed by Disaster Management teams: Informal settlements in  Hangberg Hout Bay, Grassy Park, Kampies IS, Egoli IS, Oasis IS, Ocean View and Fish Hoek, Dunoon, Zwe Zwe, Bloekombos, Kraaifontein, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Macassar and Khayelitsha.’’

‘’A bridge collapse in Sandvlei, Macassar is being attended to.The Wemmershoek Dam is opened at stage 1 and the dam level is  stabilized. A fallen tree has caused a burst water pipe in Kloof Nek, Camps Bay,’’ added Charlotte Powell, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management spokesperson.

Powell said the City’s Fire and Rescue Services are assisting with the uprooted pine trees that fell on a housing structure in Simon’s Town. She added that the SPCA is assisting residents in Macassar with the feeding of farm animals and in Mfuleni, as some farmers lost animals during the storm.

PICTURE - Adrian Louw: Tree uprooted at the Cissie Gool House, formerly Woodstock Hospital

Earlier, Powell confirmed that eight people were electrocuted in Cape Town over the long weekend - four people died in the Covid -19 informal settlement in Driftsands, as well as four children in the Klipfontein area.

Meanwhile, Eskom in the Western Cape said approximately 15 000 customers in the province are still without electricity, following the storm.

Done By: Mitchum George


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