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Two die in harsh Cape weather

Officials estimate that more than 30,000 have been affected by the stormy cold weather.

Heavy rainfall, strong gale force winds and hail storms hit Cape Town over the weekend. Picture: @Itslynnykansas via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Provincial disaster management officials confirmed that a worker was killed while clearing a rock fall in Franschhoek on Sunday.

As city Of Cape Town disaster risk management and provincial authorities assess storm damage, a shelter for the homeless said at least one person had died from exposure to severe weather conditions.

Officials estimate around 30,000 people have been affected by the weekend's stormy and cold weather while informal settlements were the hardest hit.

Provincial Disaster Management Colin Deiner said, "The damages we've received in Stellenbosch are a few dwellings which were sand bagged and there was a rock slide that occurred in the Franschoek pass. A road worker was killed and a foreman was injured while clearing the rock path."

Deiner said the Cape's townships have been the hardest hit.

"There has been a fair amount of informal settlements which were affected and many shacks were flooded and they are in need of assistance in terms of food blankets."

The Haven Night Shelter has facilities across the province and is appealing to the homeless to make use of them as the wet, cold weather sets in.

The organisation's CEO Hassan Khan said at least one person succumbed to the extreme weather.

"Unfortunately over the weekend a person died outside in the Wynberg area. We are upset at the unnecessary loss of life."

At the same time Premier Helen Zille is appealing to those on the streets especially children to seek help.

Disaster management officials will be providing assistance to those affected especially as the bad weather shows no sign of letting up at least until Wednesday.

A Valhalla Park resident says she fears children will bear the brunt of the severe weather.

Some of the areas hardest hit by rains and ensuing flooding include Bishop Lavis, Phillipi and parts of Khayelitsha.

Valhalla Park local Beverly Williams said she's been knee deep in water for the past few days.

"We are all worried. I asked two gentlemen to put some cement here but the water came back in again. So its money wasted and time wasted."

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