Council spend R1.4m on CPT flood victims

City bosses spend millions providing relief to families affected by inclement weather conditions.

Heavy rains flooded roads across Cape Town on 8 July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City bosses on Wednesday said they have spent R1.4 million on providing relief to families affected by the inclement weather conditions over the past two weeks.

Disaster Risk Management officials have distributed more than 16,000 blankets, 28,000 warm meals and 1, 400 flood kits.

More than 30,000 residents of informal settlements have been assisted.

Acting mayor Ian Nielson said flooding remains a major issue, especially in low-lying areas.

"We can, in the interim, ensure that people who live informal settlements, live in the best possible way by providing those basic services."

They are trying to assist as many people as they can, Neilson added.

"The worst problems take place during winter, specifically because we have so many low-lying points where water gets trapped."

Informal settlement resident Rugshana Safaar said the cold weather is unbearable.

"It's freezing and the way the places leak is really not nice."