Western Cape storm claims 2 more lives
This week’s massive storm in the Southern Cape has claimed two more lives. It brings the number of deaths, as a result of the storm, to four. The two bodies were people who had been missing since Wednesday.
TWO people died in the Bonnievale area while two others were missing in Riviersonderend and Stormsvlei following the winter storm in the province.
About 30 farmworkers were evacuated in Riviersonderend.
Four individuals died as a result of winter storm within the Western Cape.
MEC Anton Bredell mentioned travelling within the Overberg area stays unsafe.
According to Emergency Services within the Overberg, the scenario is worsening.
This week’s large storm within the Southern Cape has claimed two more lives.
It brings the variety of deaths, on account of the storm, to 4.
The two our bodies had been individuals who had been lacking since Wednesday. The our bodies had been discovered within the Riviersonderend/Stormsvlei space.
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The provincial government says the Overberg, specifically Bredasdorp, Struisbaai, Riversonderend and the surrounding areas continue to be hardest hit by the storm that made landfall on Tuesday.
The Malgas community in the Southern Cape has been cut off by the rising Breede River and is at risk of being flooded.
A number of rescue efforts continue to be conducted, including a mother and her three children rescued in Stormsvlei, two men saved in Riviersonderend, two medical evacuations ongoing in Riviersonderend and two men rescued in the Greyton/Riviersonderend area.
Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said District Municipal Fire and Rescue, EMS, NSRI, SANAF and SAPS have been deployed and were assisting communities across the affected regions.
“In addition the South African Air Force has put an Oryx helicopter on standby to assist with search and rescue operations when conditions allow.
“The SAWS predicts the bad weather will continue to Saturday and while less rain is predicted for the City of Cape Town, a warning has been issued for heavy rain in Oudtshoorn.”
The department said the Tradouw Pass between Barrydale and Swellendam was closed due to weather conditions which has resulted in a rock fall.
Lots of rain can also continue to be expected over the Cape Winelands District, Hessequa and Ladismith municipalities until Saturday.
Malgas was cut off due to impassable roads.
No attempts must be made to leave the area as roads have become dangerous, the officials have advised.
Bredell has urged people in the affected areas to be patient and cautious.
“Emergency services are working non-stop to assist people who have been affected by the storm.
“Large rivers are swelling and flooding their banks in places and this will continue to pose challenges in the next day or two.
“Please contact the emergency services in the case of any emergency.
“In addition, when driving, please apply extreme caution and do not cross flood waters crossing roadways.”
The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to watch the rising degree of rivers within the area.
Several roads within the Southern Cape are both closed or affected by localised flooding.
All evacuations of affected individuals have been accomplished efficiently.
Various farm roads have been broken, with restricted or no entry to sure areas.
Bredell mentioned travelling within the Overberg area stays extraordinarily unsafe, in addition to unimaginable in locations.
“The South African Weather Service has warned that further disruptive rainfall can be expected across most parts of the Overberg throughout today and tonight.
“In addition, rainfall could be anticipated in Bitou, Breede Valley, Cape Agulhas, George, Hessequa, Kannaland, Knysna, Langeberg, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and Swellendam till tomorrow night, with as much as 50mm predicted for the Garden Route district.
“People are urged to limit travelling and to remain indoors as far as possible,” Bredell mentioned.
The Emergency Services supervisor for the Overberg district, Reinard Geldenhuys, mentioned the scenario is worsening and heavy rainfall is predicted till Sunday morning.
“An increase of flooding reports of low-lying homes is being reported. Damage to agricultural fields and loss of livestock are expected to be significant.
“Damage dedication is restricted by the continual rain. Local municipalities have been ready to deal with the prevention and recovery of flooding of houses and managing the stress on the stormwater programs.
“It is expected that, with the increased extent and duration of the low cutoff system, additional assistance will be required,” Geldenhuys mentioned.
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