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CT downpours claim a life

Two unresponsive men were found huddled under wet cardboard boxes in Kuilsriver.

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Cape Town on 28 August 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One person has died and another is in a serious condition in hospital and thousands more have been affected by freezing temperatures and heavy rains that have lashed the Cape Peninsula on Wednesday.

Police found two unresponsive men huddled under wet cardboard boxes on the Main Road in Kuilsriver earlier and flagged down a passing ambulance.

Emergency personnel found one of the men already dead and the second is now in a critical condition in Tygerberg Hospital.

ER24's Vanessa Jackson says local authorities are investigating the incident.

"The deceased was extremely cold. The second man, who was covered under the wet boxes, was still alive but barely."

Disaster Risk Management says several areas across the Peninsula have been affected by flooding due to heavy rains.

They are currently assisting those affected by the weather in informal settlements around the city.

Meanwhile, motorists struggled to enter a petrol station in Edgemead where a small dam had formed due to the heavy rains.

One motorist says, "When I got here there were cars stuck in the middle of the road. People were abandoning their cars."

In Goodwood, some cars were half-submerged in the water where even Golden Arrow buses struggled to drive along the road.

This cold front's only expected to leave the mother city over the weekend.

At the same time, South African Weather Service officials say back to back cold fronts are not so common this time of year.

The adverse weather is expected to clear by Sunday followed by another cold front next week.