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Floods and winds batter Cape Town in South Africa

A number of components of Cape City have been flooded on Thursday after heavy winter rains and gale-force winds battered the town, blowing roofs off houses and damaging 1000’s of makeshift houses, South African officers mentioned.

In accordance with the town’s catastrophe administration centre, casual settlements within the metropolis, together with the massive Khayelitsha district, have been notably affected by the floods.

A number of roads, together with main highways, have been flooded and there have been considerations about rising water ranges at dams.

“We’re engaged on the 14,000-15,000 buildings which have been affected, however that quantity retains altering,” Wouter Kriel, spokesman for the provincial catastrophe administration centre, informed AFP.

“Some are homes, some are buildings… together with casual settlements which have been badly affected,” he mentioned.

An AFP correspondent noticed that a number of homes had misplaced their roofs because of the robust winds. Electrical energy cables have been additionally bent. There have been energy outages in a number of locations.

Cape City resident Sammy Gelord mentioned winds blew the roof off his house within the Wynberg suburb.

“I’ve by no means seen something like this in my life. It took over the roof and all the pieces,” he informed AFP.

The Western Cape Division of Schooling has ordered dozens of colleges within the metropolis and different components of the province to shut on Thursday attributable to excessive climate warnings which can be in place till Friday.

The South African Climate Service warned that “disruptive rainfall is predicted resulting in flooding and attainable mudslides” in Cape City and the Drakenstein and Stellenbosch areas outdoors the town.

A number of chilly fronts have battered the area in current days, with mountainous areas seeing uncommon heavy snowfall. Authorities mentioned over the weekend that the intense climate had left 1000’s of individuals homeless.

The Western Cape Provincial Authorities has appealed to nationwide authorities for emergency help.


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