Vergelegen Hospital reopens after flooding

The Somerset West facility was flooded after a nearby dam burst its banks two weeks ago.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Vergelegen Hospital has reopened its doors, private hospital group MediClinic said on Thursday.

The Somerset West facility was evacuated after a nearby dam burst its banks and flooded the entire hospital two weeks ago.

The damages are believed to be worth tens of millions of rands.

Vergelegen Hospital Manager Pieter Lotz said, "We are very satisfied with the clean-up process. We were able to open half of the hospital 11 days after the flooding. We've already treated 74 patients of which 46 were admitted for procedures."

The City of Cape Town has spent R3 million on relief aid for flood victims.