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Chapman's Peak closed due to bad weather

Heavy rains and gale force winds in the Mother City have resulted in the closure of Chapman’s Peak.

Heavy rains caused flooding in several Cape Town neighbourhoods. Picture: iWitness/@ek_capetown

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Services says Chapman's Peak has been closed.

Heavy rain hit the Cape metropolis, the west coast and the Overberg.

The showers have caused mudslides at Chappies.

The city's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says the road will be closed indefinitely.

He said residents should brace themselves for more cold conditions, which should start to clear from Tuesday.

1,286 PEOPLE DISPLACED

He said over 1,000 people living in informal settlements have been affected by heavy rainfall.

"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."

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."

ROUGH SEA CONDITIONS

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) warned beachgoers to take extra precautions as bad sea and weather conditions persist.

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."

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

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