Cape Town Storm Claims 5 Lives, Thousands Displaced Due To Flooding
Five people have been killed in the Stellenbosch area as a result of the devastating Cape Town storm ravaging the city since Tuesday evening.
This ugly development was confirmed by the Western Cape’s various Disaster Management Centres on Wednesday afternoon.
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Four people are said to have been electrocuted in the Stellenbosch area after power lines collapsed onto their home while a man died when a home collapsed on him in Lavender Hill.
Four of the deceased are from the same family and had died after a fire broke out as a result of a lightning strike.
James-Brent Styan of local government, environmental affairs and development planning also confirmed the report.
“There have been five fatalities; four people in Kraaifontein and another in Lavender Hill. It’s a tragedy that we had been trying to avoid. We did what we could, but unfortunately, we are dealing with a storm that is the worst in 30 years to have hit this province,” he said.
The violent storm sweeping through Western Cape province has been dubbed “the mother of all storms”, as it is predicted to be the worst for 30 years.
Significantly, the ‘monster’ storm comes at the end of the Cape Town’s worst drought in a century. Last month, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs in the region dried up completely.
Many people are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals after they were injured by flying debris.
More than 46 000 rural homes in the region will be in the dark tonight after they lost power to line damage. Also, over 2000 people in Imizamo Yethu are now displaced, in addition to 400 people in Macassar Village, due to flooding.
Electricity lines near the Harfield Village train station came loose. Luckily a fire was averted and no one was hurt.
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The storm hit the Western Cape at approximately 11 pm on Tuesday night before progressing eastwards, according to Styan.