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Bad weather persists in CT

NSRI has warned that heavy rain in CT has created rough sea conditions.

FILE: Flooding in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has once again warned beachgoers in the Western Cape to take extra precautions as bad sea and weather conditions persist.

A cold front with heavy rain and gale force winds has been predicted for the province until Tuesday.

NSRI's Craig Lambinon urged fishermen, paddlers, boaters and surfers to consider all weather warnings.

"We are expecting very rough sea conditions and gale force winds around the coast and the NSRI urges anyone going near the ocean to exercise extreme caution."

Meanwhile, the city of Cape Town says close to 1,000 people living in informal settlements have been affected by heavy rainfall.

City official Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says more than 300 shacks throughout the city have been waterlogged.

He says affected residents are being given relief parcels.

"Areas affected include Phillipi, Bishop Lavis, Strand and Lotus River. A total of 1,286 people were assisted with blankets, hot meals and other relief items in these areas."

Heavy rainfall and strong gale force winds lashed the Cape metropolis, west coast and the Overberg regions.

The weather service says the cold weather conditions will persist until next Tuesday.

Solomons -Johannes said special teams have been placed on standby.

"Response teams are on high alert and have been deployed at various depots around the city to ensure those affected receive the necessary service.

Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa urged motorists to be extra careful on the roads.

"The roads are wet and visibility in some areas is extremely low. Motorists should exercise caution especially when overtaking other vehicles."

Anyone willing to assist victims can call the Disaster Risk Management Centre on 080 911 4357.