General News, South Africa

Cape Town faces mother of all storms

Schools are currently shut down and roads closed in Cape Town as rain and strong winds are damaging the city.

Cape Town rain and strong winds damaged the city.

Exams have been suspended in Universities across the city and residents are urged to avoid roads.

Emergency shelters are on standby as the strong storm lashes Western Cape, several people have been displaced in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, where the roofs of some homes have blown off.

The City also reported trees uprooted in Durbanville, Delft, Plattekloof, and Plumstead, where a tree landed on a block of flats but luckily no one was injured.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre reported that two people a woman and a four-year-old child were injured when powerful winds ripped the roof off their home in Lavender Hill.

JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety, security, and social services, had earlier cautioned residents along the Cape coastline to take extra precautions.

“We recommend that the public stays away from the coastline tomorrow, including the Sea Point Promenade.”

Smith went on to say that,  residents of areas right at the coast such as Bakoven, Camps Bay Main Road, Slangkop, Kommetjie, Small and Big Bay in Blouberg, Melkbosstrand, and Strand might want to consider moving their cars to higher ground if they can.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says officials are monitoring all major routes on Wednesday morning.

Displaced people are being housed at a school in Maitland and the city is trying its level best to keep people safe.

It is important that the general public stays away from the coastal areas for their own safety.

 

Credit: African News Agency

 

 

 

 

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