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Cape Town mop-up operations continue after heavy weekend rain

30 June 2020 2:59 PM
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Floods
Storm
JP Smith
Cape Town Disaster Risk Management
Cape Town storms

The severe weather conditions caused havoc over the weekend, with power outages and infrastructure damage across the city.

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre received an influx of requests for assistance this past weekend.

The City's departments are continuing with mop-up operations following heavy rainfall which caused localised flooding, damage to informal structures, and to electrical lines across Cape Town.

The City's JP Smith says several trees were also uprooted due to strong gale-force winds.

We had uprooted trees, electricity damage and on the worst days of it, the City gets around 600 requests for assistance from across the city.

JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
A is crushed by an uprooted tree in a parking lot in Wynberg, Cape Town as heavy rain and gale-force winds lash the city during a storm on 27 June 2020. Picture: Supplied

Smith says the City has distributed flood kits in various informal settlements and provided humanitarian relief by facilitating soup donations to vulnerable communities.

Officials are also focusing on 29 known areas that are repeatedly affected by adverse weather effort to mitigate the impact of flooding ahead of time, he adds.

Listen to the discussion on The Midday Report:


30 June 2020 2:59 PM
Tags:
Floods
Storm
JP Smith
Cape Town Disaster Risk Management
Cape Town storms

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