Cape flood victims still need help

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Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town has spent nearly R1-million helping victims of the recent floods on the Cape Peninsula, it said on Monday.

The money was spent on blankets, meals, flood kits, food parcels and baby packs, said Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

The city had helped 19 641 people from 6 102 households since June 26, he said.

Solomons-Johannes said disaster response teams were continuing their mopping-up operations, but that weather forecasters were predicting rain for the whole week.

“The disaster response teams have been ordered to be on an enhanced level of standby, and to brace themselves for a very busy week,” he said.

“The continuous rain has the potential to cause or threaten to cause nearby ponds and rivers to overflow; and could potentially result in discomfort for people living in low-lying areas.”

On Sunday, the city said it had attended to 348 calls where roads, property and informal areas needed attention. - Sapa


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