CT inclement weather claims another victim

A homeless man has lost his life after a cave collapsed on them in Hout Bay on Wednesday night.

Goodwood roads flooded on 28 August 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The number of people who have died due to severe weather conditions in Cape Town has now risen to three.

In the most recent incident, a homeless man who sought shelter with three other people in a cave in Hout Bay, was killed when it collapsed on them on Wednesday night.

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says the body of the vagrant has since been retrieved.

"The metro rescue emergency crew has handed over the body to the Department of Pathology."

On Wednesday, a homeless person died in Kuils River apparently due to the cold.

A second man, who was with him at the time, has now also passed away in hospital.

Tygerberg Hospital's Laetitia Pienaar says, "The man unfortunately died an hour and a half later. His body was sent for an autopsy."


Some Mbekweni residents whose houses have been waterlogged as a result of the Berg River banks overflowing say this is the worst flooding they have experienced in years.

About 200 people who live close to the Berg River were evacuated after it burst its banks due to heavy rainfall on Wednesday night.

Residents are moving through the water which has risen to their knees to get to their houses while others look on.

They say they are trying to save some of their possessions.

Others stand around a fire trying to stay warm as it continues to rain.

Affected residents say they are waiting for the weather to clear up so that they can fix their damaged houses.

Meanwhile, staff at the community hall say they are busy putting measures in place as they expect to assist more residents later.

Over 30,000 people have been affected by heavy rains in the province over the last few weeks.

The weather is expected to clear over the weekend while another cold front is expected next week.