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Cape Town - Cape Town’s hopes that the sunshine was finally arriving were dashed by heavy rain which left more than 750 Cape Flats homes waterlogged on Friday, and the city’s Disaster Risk Management Centre on high alert for more heavy rain.
Nearly 1 600 people were affected by the widespread rain from Thursday night into yesterday, and last night weather forecaster Henning Grobler, from the SA Weather Service, warned that although there would be no more rain today, the weather would take a turn for the worse tomorrow.
The city said in a statement last night that yesterday’s rain saw 30 dwellings flooded and 120 people affected in Nyanga, and a further 40
dwellings flooded and 120 people affected in the Strand.
And in the Strand, 20 babies were also affected by flooding at New Village, and a further 36 babies at Solly’s Town.
In Philippi, illegally dumped rubble blocked stormwater pipes and drains in Section C of the Kosovo informal settlement, resulting in 19 dwellings being flooded, and 70 people forced from their homes.
Flooding in Khayelitsha affected
1 000 people, including 30 babies, who had set up home in 650 dwellings illegally erected in a wetland area.
Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said last night that their
response teams had assisted victims with hot meals, blankets and plastic sheeting.
He also warned that the SA Weather Service had issued an advisory for very rough seas, with waves of between 4-6m expected in Table Bay and at Cape Agulhas tomorrow.
Grobler confirmed that very strong winds were expected tomorrow, with temperatures of 17-19ºC.