Friday’s heavy rainstorm have left Cape town in a more devastating condition as a large number of residents were rendered homeless.
According to the City’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team, the storm which started by late Friday afternoon had flooded at least 150 homes with two of the city’s towns having the highest disaster. Most of the areas affected were regarded as entirely low-income areas.
The DRM’s Charlotte Powell said that townships like Khayelitsha and Philippi were heavily floodded with 100 dwellings affected in the BM Section and 50 dwellings in Marcus Harvey, Philippi by around 5pm.
Roofs were blown off in Philippi‚ Schaapkraal‚ Lavender Hill‚ Imizamo Yethu‚ Hout Bay and Masiphumelele while trees were uprooted in suburbs across the city‚ including Hout Bay‚ Constantia‚ Belhar‚ Delft‚ Kloofnek‚ Fish Hoek‚ Wynberg and Glencairn.
Power lines were not left out as a great number of them were put down in areas around Kensington and Wetton as a result of flooded roads.
This is the second disastrous rainstorm after flood damaged the official residence mapped out for use by the President and Deputy President in Durban‚ John Dube House.
Hwever, Powell said the city council roads and stormwater‚ electricity‚ parks and forests departments were attending to the incidents.
“Disaster management is in consultation with the South African Weather Service‚ which has advised that the worst of the storm has passed the Cape metropole and is moving northeasterly. Wind speeds have been recorded at Cape Town International Airport of 50km/h to 80km/h‚” he said.
The provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa earlier raised concerns over the increasing damage of major roads by heavy rain storm and strong winds‚ with gusts of up to 101km/h predicted.
According to him, a dust storm had been reported on the N2 between Caledon and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Africa was on site between Heidelberg and Swellendam where the weather caused a head-on collision between two vehicles.
“Two occupants were thrown out of the vehicles. A woman who was the occupant of a light motor vehicle died. She is currently behind the wheel‚” he said.
Meanwhile, Cape Town International Airport spokesperson Deidre Davids has urged passengers to check their flights online to avoid confusion.
“There have been flights delayed. Both arrivals and departures are on a reduced schedule‚ with delays of up to 40 minutes due to the bad weather‚” she said.