Metrorail service hit by CPT showers

The heavy rains have left some residents destitute and affected the northern line train service.

Metrorail's northern railway lines have been affected by the recent heavy rains. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail in the Western Cape says its northern railway lines have been affected by recent heavy rain.

The rail operator has often faced added pressure during the harsh winter weather.

This week flooding has affected the lines near Klapmuts, Paarl, Muldersvlei and Stellenbosch.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says northern line service has been affected the most.

Meanwhile, the Mustadafin Foundation, a relief organisation, says the number of people it has helped as a result of the cold and rainy weather in Cape Town has more than doubled.

The foundation says it has been inundated with flood-stricken residents from various informal settlements.

Spokesperson Ibrahim Smith says thousands of desperate people were at their offices earlier.

"The weather has not been very good to those who live in informal settlements. We are supplying blankets and hot food to 8,336 flood victims."

The City of Cape Town says more than 3,000 households in 65 areas have been affected by the showers.