Tuesday, December 07, 2021

At least 100 people displaced during extreme hail storms and floods in Oudtshoorn

 81 home have been destroyed with at least 100 people displaced during extreme hail storms and floods in Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape.

The municipality said many roads around Greater Oudtshoorn were damaged, and 24 trees were ripped out of the ground. Rainfall was measured at 70mm, and the town's Raubenheimer Dam, which was at a low of 30% a few months ago, is overflowing.

The municipality's Disaster Management teams are assessing the damage and are scrambling to attend to at least 188 complaints of power outages and 27 complaints relating to streets and stormwater drains. 

No injuries or deaths have been reported as yet.  

The municipality warned people not to cross rivers or any of the low water bridges in town because there might be debris in the water. One person was rescued after being swept away while crossing a flooded low-water bridge.


by Everngelista Muza

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