/ 17 November 2013

Sodden Cape Town begins mopping up

Mopping-up operations have started in parts of the Western Cape affected by heavy flooding, Cape Town disaster management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said on Sunday.

"The improved weather conditions now give us time to repair and clear infrastructure," he said.

Solomons-Johannes said two sub-stations, one in the Strand and one in Somerset West, that were damaged in the floods were now being repaired so electricity could be restored to those areas.

On Saturday, Solomons-Johannes said over 18 000 people had been affected by the floods in the province.

He said people had been evacuated and given shelter in community halls.

The affected areas included Delft, Faure, Fish Hoek, Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Macassar, Philippi, Scarborough, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Strand and Valhalla Park.

He said the flooding had caused numerous rockfalls, mudslides and landslides along mountainous areas.

On Friday, a woman died and another was missing when their car was swept away while they were trying to cross a bridge during flooding in Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch.

On Friday night, 129 patients were evacuated from the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West due to flooding. They were taken to neighbouring hospitals. – Sapa