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CT spends R3m on flood victims

Some of the worst affected areas include Strand, Hout Bay, Somerset West and Muizenberg.

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

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town bosses say R3 million has been spent on providing those hardest hit by heavy rains with relief aid.

Some of the worst affected areas include Strand, Hout Bay, Somerset West and Muizenberg.

Residents from 44 informal settlements situated across the peninsula were also affected with many of their homes being flooded.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says this weekend's stormy weather is among the worst.

"I would like to extend my deepest condolences to those people who have lost their loved ones. The City of Cape Town spent R3 million to provide social relief to 18,000 residents affected by the floods."

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says all mop-up operations have been completed in areas which were flooded.

Many residents from had to be accommodated in community halls.

City Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says, "The City of Cape Town has completed all repairs and maintenance work and minor outstanding work is still in progress. The engineers and disaster management teams will remain on high alert for the rest of the week."

BODY FOUND

Police divers have recovered the body of a second woman who was washed away at the weekend.

Two women were trapped in a car in a river in Jonkershoek near Stellenbosch on Friday night.

Officials had to suspend the search for the second woman due to heavy rain.

The two women were trying to cross a river when their car stalled on a bridge due to rising floodwater.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says the incident is being investigated.

"The divers unit retrieved the body of the second woman. She cannot be identified until her next-of-kin has been notified. We've opened an inquest docket for investigation."

At the same time, private hospital group Mediclinic SA says it hoping to have some wards of its Vergelegen facility operating by the end of this week.

The Vergelegen Mediclinic was evacuated after a nearby dam burst its banks and flooded the entire hospital last Friday.

About 56 patients had to be transferred to other hospitals.

Mediclinic's Willie Aucamp says, "Mop-up operations are still underway. They will continue for at least the next two weeks but we hope to have theatres, the ICU and one of the wards open by the end of the week, hopefully."