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#Capestorm: Kids trapped in floods

Six children have been rescued after they were trapped inside flooding homes in Strand Cape Town today. This happened after the Western Cape has been hit by huge flooding and storms since Sunday.

City of Cape Town’s disaster management spokeswoman Charlotte Powell said the kids have been rescued and are at safe place. “Emergency services have assisted six children trapped in three different houses in Strand and evacuated them to Strand Fire station. Reports have been received of a house in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village that is busy collapsing. The residents have been evacuated. Structural engineers have been approached to attend to the situation,” said Powell.

The heavy rains and flooding have left a huge damage on both private properties and public infrastructure. One of the notable damage is the Botrivier bridge on N2 that was washed away. Around the City of Cape Town the Spaanschemat River burst its bank onto M42 opposite Tokai Forest. Mudslides have been reported in Andrews Road, Hout Bay and on Ou Kaapse Weg.

In Mfuleni, Shukushukuma and Covid-19 informal settlement along Old Faure have been heavily affected. Residents from Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Rasta Camp, Riemvasmaak and 7de Laan Sandvlei Macassar also said water has flooded their homes.

Powell said several areas have been affected by floods. Amongst the most affected areas are Taiwan, DM Section, France, QQ Section, Green Point, Qandu Qandu and SST informal settlements in Khayelitsha. Morkel Cottages informal settlements in Strand, Ekuphumleni, in Du Noon are some of the areas affected by the floods.

Formal houses in areas such as Durbanville, Bo-Kaap, Schaapkraal, Bellville South, Belhar, Sandvlei Macassar, Strand, Gordons Bay and Knorhoek have been affected.

“The City, along with relevant external agencies are working closely together through the Disaster Coordinating Team, to monitor for, and address impacts from the inclement weather experienced in the last 24 hours,” Powell added.

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