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CT recovers after stormy weekend

Around 18,000 people have been affected by severe weather conditions in the Western Cape.

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

CAPE TOWN - Around 18,000 people were affected by severe cold and wet weather conditions which wreaked havoc in the province at the weekend.

At least two people died in Stellenbosch after a freak cold front lashed the Peninsula on Friday and Saturday, bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds.

Shacks along Mew Way in Khayelitsha were not spared. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

A resident of Kinana, a densely populated low-lying area in Gugulethu, says their homes often get flooded.

She said many people are willing to move, but have nowhere else to go.

"It's terrible for us. When we see the weather we know what's going to happen and we're basically going to swim."

She is just one of thousands of Western Cape residents who are now attempting to reassemble their homes.

Many of their possessions were also destroyed in the stormy weather.

Meanwhile, City of Cape Town officials will continue mop-up operations across the province today.

At the same time the Mediclinic hospital group says it could take several months before its facility in Somerset West reopens.

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

The Mediclinic Vergelegen had to be evacuated after a nearby dam burst its banks and flooded the entire hospital late Friday night.

More than 120 patients had to be transferred to other facilities.

While the economic impact of the flooding is still being assessed, it's estimated the damages will run into billions of rands.

Most of the costly medical equipment and wards, including the Intensive Care Unit, were ruined by water.

The hospital group's Biren Valodia says it's daunting to deal with a situation of this magnitude, adding that they're providing top healthcare to patients who had to be transferred to other hospitals.

Farmers also felt the wrath of the severe weather.

Farms in the Koue Bokkeveld region seem to have been hardest hit by heavy rain, hailstorms and strong winds.

Agri Wes-Cape's Carl Opperman says grain and wine farms were badly affected and the harvesting process was affected by the showers.

"It's hampering the harvesting process at the moment. There could be quality problems."

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