Thousands affected by Cape weather

Many homes were flooded by persistent rain and damaged by fierce winds and hail.

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

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town disaster officials said more than 20,000 people across the Peninsula have been affected by inclement weather.

The City of Cape Town said around 9,000 shacks were flooded due to persistent rains.

Homes were also damaged by fierce winds and hail.

The Haven Night Shelter appealed to the homeless to seek refuge at their facilities as severe weather continues.

The Haven's CEO Hassan Khan said there's a nightly fee, but they will never turn anyone away.

"The shelter assists people and charges R10 a day. If they don't have money we provide work for them like peeling potatoes etc."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the weather spells disaster especially for the poor.

"Homeless people are in the worst position, but shelters and thermo bags are there. We must do all we can to protect everybody."

Meanwhile, traffic officials said at least two people have died and 30 accidents have been reported on the roads since Friday.

Chapman's Peak pass had to be closed because of rock falls, but was reopened early Monday morning.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the Franschoek Mountain pass was still closed.

"The road between Bredasdorp and Franschoek is still closed due to rock falls and also the road between Ceres and Touws River because of heavy snow fall."

He added that roads were still wet and visibility in some areas was extremely low.

"Motorists should exercise caution especially when overtaking other vehicles."


It was a busy weekend for disaster officials who worked tirelessly to assist displaced people with blankets, hot meals and other relief items.

Disaster risk management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said a brief break in the inclement weather is expected later today.

"This will give us some room to breathe, regain energy and restore areas that were affected."

Areas affected include Phillipi, Bishop Lavis, Strand and Lotus River.

Solomons -Johannes said special teams remained 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."

At the same time the South African Weather Service said cold and wet weather conditions would continue.

Forecaster Henning Grobler said intermittent showers can be expected in the Cape Town region.

"We still have rain and cold weather and by Tuesday it will be partly cloudy with cool to cold conditions."

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