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Four Children Tragically Killed in Cape Town Amidst Stormy Weather

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Four Children Tragically Killed in Cape Town Amidst Stormy Weather

During the past long weekend in Cape Town, eight individuals, including four children, tragically lost their lives due to electrocution as heavy rain and flooding caused havoc in the Western Cape.

Four Children Tragically Killed in Cape Town Amidst Stormy Weather

Cape Town’s disaster coordination team confirmed that four of the fatalities occurred at the Covid-19 informal settlement in Driftsands, while four children were electrocuted in the Klipfontein area.

Emergency services were engaged in rescuing six children trapped in three different houses in the Strand.

Residents of a retirement home in Somerset West were rushed to safety, and another 170 people found shelter in a hall in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

A group of individuals was trapped at the Kogelbaai resort when roads on both sides of Gordonsbaai and Rooiels were closed. The provincial disaster risk management center provided assistance in these rescue operations.

Cape Town’s disaster management teams were deployed to various locations over the weekend due to heavy rain causing extensive damage. By Monday morning, parts of Cape Town had already recorded 294.6 mm of rainfall.

The flooding particularly affected communities with informal housing, but also impacted established areas of Durbanville, the Strand, Gordons Bay, and Hout Bay.

A preliminary assessment indicates that as many as 1,000 structures, including those in Khayelitsha, Philippi, and various informal communities, have been destroyed.

Community members are receiving sandbags for assistance, while humanitarian relief agencies are providing meals, blankets, and other essential items, including baby products.

Flooding has occurred along the Lourens and Eerste Rivers, as well as the Spaanschemat River on the M42, opposite the Tokai Forest.

Several roads in the province are currently flooded and inaccessible to motorists.

Additionally, weather-related power outages have been reported in various parts of Cape Town. Eskom has temporarily exempted parts of the Western Cape from load shedding to facilitate the safe restoration of power supply.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is expected to provide further updates on disaster management efforts following the severe storms. Various provincial government departments will also share information on the storm’s impact on different services

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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