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More heavy rains expected in CT

Heavy rains are expected to continue destroying shacks in and around Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Heavy rains are expected to continue destroying shacks in and around Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner

CAPE TOWN - Disaster Risk Management Department officials in the Western Cape said they expect heavy rains to continue destroying shacks situated in and around Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Department head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the City of Cape Town assisted more than 60 households with food parcels and blankets, following heavy rains on Saturday.

The Western Cape Government and South African Social Security Agency also assisted with the operation, said Solomons-Johannes.

He said it was a challenging matter for the city because most of the homes affected were built illegally.

Solomons-Johannes said the "discomfort" is a result of nearby ponds over-flowing, adding that residents were affected because they lived in low-lying areas.

The city attempted to relocate residents, but they did not want to move, he added.

This week, some 3000 people were displaced as a result of the wet weather. The most affected area was Zola section in Khayelitsha.