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Masincedane residents flooded

Residents from Masincedane informal settlement are forced to stay in damp shacks following heavy rains.

Elsa Damonds’ home was flooded following heavy rains in Cape Town.Picture: Chané Fortuin/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Residents of Masincedane informal settlement in Strandfontein on Wednesday said staying warm during winter was a daily challenge.

About 110 shacks were flooded following heavy downpours over the past few days.

On Wednesday, acting mayor Ian Nielsen visited the area to assess the situation.

Resident Elsa Damonds said even though she has lived in the informal settlement for the past 20 years, she and her family never get used to the biting cold and wet weather.

The 46-year-old lives in a shack with her three daughters and three grandchildren.

She said it is difficult to keep warm because every time it rains, their tiny home floods.

Damonds said the large plastic buckets do little to stem the flow.

She was thankful for the sunshine earlier, because it gave her an opportunity to hang up some drenched blankets.

However, Damonds said her relief will be short-lived as more rain is forecast for the remainder of the week.

Areas including Khayelitsha and Gugulethu have been affected by the recent downpours.