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Thousands in CT’s poorest suburbs hit hard by cold, wet weather

The Weather Service has forecast heavy rain and gale-force wind for parts of the Western Cape this week.

In Philippi, residents in the Bhekela Informal Settlement have been severely affected by the cold and wet weather. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of residents in some of Cape Town's poorest suburbs are battling to stay warm and dry today.



The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Unit has already helped more than 9,000 people affected by the adverse weather conditions.

In Philippi, residents in the Bhekela Informal Settlement have been severely affected by the cold and wet weather.



Cars were forced to navigate flooded roads, while rain the bucketed down on the tin roofs of hundreds of shacks.

Several people, including children, ran for cover to avoid getting wet.

Two children were also seen carrying small rucksacks over their heads as they raced each other, through deep puddles of muddy water.



Some residents are being forced to scoop out buckets of water from their homes, which offer little protection against the inclement weather, which is expected to persist for days.