Friday, 20 October, 2017

Cape Town clears up after major storm

Firefighter dies in the Southern Cape South Africa: Plett Firefighter On Life Support
Heather Davidson | 09 June, 2017, 09:27

Nine people died during the storm and as a result of fires in Knysna, which were fanned by the winds that ravished most of Cape Town on Wednesday.

In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs had completely dried up.

Huge waves slam into the promenade during heavy storms in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa.

The South African military said it had placed a helicopter on standby to help with any emergency evacuations in Western Cape province, which includes Cape Town.

The storm also forced President Jacob Zuma, who was in the city, to cancel a scheduled speech at an global media conference in Durban, a city on the Indian Ocean coastline, his office said.

The weather system which struck on Tuesday has damaged buildings, felled trees, left 46,000 homes without electricity and caused travel chaos as flights and rail services were hit by gale-force winds and flooding. It cited Anton Bredell, a local official.

Firefighters battling a blaze in Knysna Image by Ewald Stander
Firefighters battling a blaze in Knysna Image by Ewald Stander

A family of three, as well as a three-year-old child, have alos died as a result of the vicious fire rampaging through the area.

Zille has been suspended from her party - the main opposition Democratic Alliance - over tweets apparently endorsing colonialism, but remains head of the regional government.

"These are the worst fires I have seen in the 45 years I've lived in Knysna‚" said the town's mayor‚ Eleanore Bouw-Spies.

Bongikosi Madikizela, Western Cape's Human Settlements Minister, said thousands of displaced people were being housed in community centers.

Official statements report that Brenton‚ Belvedere‚ Welbedacht‚ Nania‚ Eastford‚ Green Pastures and Knysna Heights had been evacuated so far.

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