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Cape's cold, wet weather hits children & elderly hard

Heavy rains and strong winds have been predicted in the Western Cape for this evening.

Picture: Katharyn Williams-Jaftha/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents in some of the Western Cape's poorer communities say children and the elderly are being the most affected by the cold and wet weather conditions that have hit the province.

Heavy rains and strong winds have been predicted for this evening.

The City of Cape Town's disaster risk management says they're on high alert for possible flooding in certain areas.

When EWN visited Nontombi Mbudwana, who lives with her son and three grandchildren in Site C in Khayelitsha, the elderly woman was busy sweeping water away from her door frame.

The heavy rains from the previous evening had caused a small stream of water to run past her shack, which is situated on uneven ground causing it to slant at an angle.

Mbudwana says the constant cold due to the damp ground in her home causes numerous health complications for her and her youngest grandchild who's only one-year-old.

"They bought the TV for the children when they can't go play outside because of the rain."

Mbudwana says she has been hoping for a brick home ever since the democratic government came to power in 1994, just like thousands of other shack dwellers in the area.