Disaster management sent to Karoo

WC disaster management have been sent to central Karoo to assist those affected by severe weather.

By Monday, seven farms near Beaufort West were still cut off, due to the inclement weather conditions.

CAPE TOWN - Strong rains in recent days have left hundreds of people destitute in several areas across Cape Town.

More than 50 families in Sir Lowry's Pass village have been displaced following heavy downpours.

Community worker Loueen Harris said Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille visited the affected families on Sunday.

"They're having a meeting on Thursday at the community hall, where the people are staying at the moment."

Harris said she does not expect much though.

"They are always making promises. I don't know if they're going to come with a solution. People have been complaining about the flooding in this area for 16-years and every year around this time, it's the same story."

Disaster risk officials said about 7 farms in the central Karoo district have been cut off by heavy snow.

Western Cape disaster risk management's Colin Diener said: "The plan is to reach those farms by helicopter with supplies."

The City of Cape Town dispatched its disaster management teams to central Karoo to assist.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, "We are waiting for updates from the disaster response team to the medical crew in order to airlift people who are trapped."

By Monday, seven farms near Beaufort West were still cut off, due to the inclement weather conditions.

Solomons-Johannes said the army joined efforts to help around 100 people who were trapped.

"They flew a medical crew out into the mountain areas of the central Karoo to see if any people required medical assistance."

Agri-Wes Cape told Eyewitness News the snow was so deep it reached the window-sills of some farm properties in the Nuweveld Mountains.

Meanwhile, several people have died due to freezing weather conditions in parts of the Cape.

The Eden District Municipality has confirmed to Eyewitness News at least three people have died due to hypothermia since Saturday.

The municipality's Gerhard Otto said, "It's been reported that they died due to hyperthermia."