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36 CT communities flooded

Residents from informal settlements have been left destitute following heavy rains.

"Children play in a flooded street in Kosovo informal settlement in Cape Town after heavy rain in August 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town Disaster Management officials say 36 informal settlements around Cape Town have been hit by the recent bad weather.

Officials have been deployed to assess the damage and the needs of residents there.

Some Kosovo residents say the situation in the area is hopeless.

One man says, "Everything is under water. You can't even see where your bed is. You can only see the top of your fridge and cupboards."

Disaster management says close to 400 people are being accommodated at the local community hall because their shacks have been flooded.

At least one resident told Eyewitness News he cannot go to the hall as he has to watch over his belongings.

"We have to stay there the whole night. We make fires and watch over our possessions."

Disaster management has promised to keep an eye on the situation as more rain is expected this week.

Meanwhile, several communities have been protesting for decent houses in recent months as they are subjected to floods every year.

In June, more than 2,000 people from Khayelitsha, Bishop Lavis and Nyanga were left destitute following heavy rains.

The province has a housing backlog which dates back to 20 years.