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Close to 500 people were displaced by the heavy rains on Saturday, according to the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre.
Spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said 480 people from Strand and surrounding informal settlements such as Uitkyk, Rasta Camp, Pinetown, Rooidakkies and Kanaal were being housed in a community hall. On Friday, the SA Weather Service warned of cold conditions, rain, galeforce winds and high seas for most of the weekend, prompting disaster management to put rescuers on high alert.
But, while the weather service has predicted a 30 percent chance of rain for today and a maximum temperature of 13ºC, wind speeds are expected to slow to 10km/h.
Solomons-Johannes said on Saturday that disaster teams had been deployed to 12 areas in the Western Cape, including Strand, Khayelitsha, Delft and Brown’s Farm. Officials would remain on high alert. He urged motorists to drive slowly and cautiously in the rain, and to be extra careful when driving through large puddles.
Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said a vehicle had driven off Sir Lowry’s Pass. “There were no injuries. It’s likely the driver lost control because of wet conditions.”