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#CapeStorm: At least 5 dead as storm sweeps through the Cape

James-Brent Styan of local government, environmental affairs & development planning confirmed 5 people were killed because of the inclement weather.

The view from Signal Hill over Cape Town on 7 June 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Five fatalities have been reported in the Western Cape as a violent storm sweeps through the province.

The spokesperson for the local government, environmental affairs and development planning, James-Brent Styan, has confirmed five people were killed because of the inclement weather.

Four people died on Wednesday morning after an incident which emergency services linked to the storm.

Styan said the City did all it could.

“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.”

A man was also killed Lavender Hill.

The 60-year-old man died when his shack collapsed on him on Wednesday, while another man was seriously injured during the incident.

Metro Emergency Medical Service’s Robert Daniels said: “A 60-year-old man tragically died when an informal structure collapsed. The Western government health ambulance and rescue crews were dispatched at 11:57 am and arrived on scene at 12:02 pm where they came across the deceased and another injured man.”

The city will provide an update on the effects of the #CapeStorm on Wednesday afternoon.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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