18,000 affected by Cape floods

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says conditions have improved.

Flooding in Somerset West has left cars stranded after heavy rains on 15 November 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says an estimated 18,000 people have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall across the Western Cape this weekend.

Some of the areas that have been affected include Khayelitsha, Delft, Gugulethu, Kuils River, Strand and Somerset West.

Some of the worst affected residents are being housed in local community halls.

One woman died due to the flooding while police are still searching for another woman who's presumed to have drowned when their car stalled in rising flood water near Stellenbosch on Friday.

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

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says conditions have improved drastically on Sunday.

"The water levels have subsided, in particular the Somerset West and Strand areas where houses were flooded over a widespread area."

He says disaster management is now able to complete the majority of tasks needed to restore normality to the region.

"The city has now brought in additional disaster response teams to assist in mopping up operations but also to ensure that all roadways are opened - and most of them have been reopened this morning - and also to restore electricity."

A Gugulethu resident stands in the water left by heavy rains overnight on 16 September 2013. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.