• November 4, 2023 12:39 am

Four Children Tragically Killed in Cape Town Amidst Stormy Weather

Sep 30, 2023
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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