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Cape rains claim two lives

Police are investigating the deaths of two women near Stellenbosch.

Shacks along Mew Way in Khayelitsha were not spared by heavy rain, with many residents scooping water out of their shacks. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Heavy overnight rain in the Western Cape has claimed the lives of at least two people.

Police say they've opened an inquest docket to look into the deaths of two women in Jonkershoek near Stellenbosch.

The police's Tembinkosi Kinana says divers discovered a woman trapped in a car in a river late last night.

"It's alleged that in the car were two women who were part of a church group attending a camp meeting in Elands."

An integrated operation of the police and metro divers managed to retrieve one of the bodies.

Kinana says the body of the other woman, presumed to be the driver, remains missing.

Divers had to temporarily call off the search due to high levels of water.

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

Meanwhile, some Khayelitsha residents have pleaded with authorities to assist them with mopping-up operations.

Hundreds of shacks in low lying areas along Mew Way have been flooded as heavy rains continue to lash the Western Cape.

A dam that is filling up quickly close to the Mew Way shacks is causing several residents to panic.

Some, whose shacks are very close to the water, have started breaking down their structures and moving to higher ground.

Many of the shacks in the area are flooded.

Several residents say they've been scooping and filling 25 litre buckets full of water out of their shacks since last night.