Warning of heavy rainfall, possible flooding issued in the Cape

Disaster Management officials are on high alert as informal settlements in low lying areas are also monitored.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Services say officials are on high alert after the South African Weather Service issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Picture: Katharyn Williams-Jaftha/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Services say officials are on high alert after the South African Weather Service issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

The Cape Winelands, Overberg and Eden districts have also been placed on high alert for today.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says officials will also monitor informal settlements in low lying areas.

"The Disaster Risk Management Services have been placed on high alert for potential widespread flooding and the result and saturation of low lying areas, which causes discomfort to residents of informal settlements. There might also be flooding on some roads, so we ask motorists to be careful."

Meanwhile, the Water and Sanitation Department is expected to shed light on the status of a drought affecting large parts of the country.

Four provinces have already been declared disaster drought areas, they are KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape, the North West and the Free State.