Over the long weekend, Cape Town experienced devastating storms and flooding that resulted in the tragic loss of eight lives, including four innocent children. The province’s suburbs, such as Klipfontein and Driftsands, were severely affected by the torrential rains and strong winds. Disaster Risk Management teams are currently conducting mop-up operations and assessing the extent of the storm damage.
In Klipfontein, the four children lost their lives due to electrocution. This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by severe weather conditions. The city’s Charlotte Powell expressed her condolences and highlighted that almost 1,000 structures have been affected by the storms.
Meanwhile, four other individuals tragically lost their lives in Driftsands, further adding to the devastation caused by the storms. The Disaster Coordinating Team, in collaboration with external agencies, is diligently working to address the impacts of the inclement weather.
Another area affected by the severe weather was Overberg, where three individuals lost their lives after being swept away by floodwaters. The Tweewaterskloof Municipality’s Disaster Response Teams have resumed recovery and emergency mop-up operations to mitigate the infrastructure damages caused by the flooding.
On a separate note, Western Cape police are investigating a bus crash that occurred on Jakes Gerwel Drive in Cape Town, resulting in the deaths of three people and injuring 35 others. The crash involved a Golden Arrow bus, and authorities are looking into cases of reckless and negligent driving, as well as culpable homicide.
😳😳 Fatal bus accident this morning just before Klipfontein Road…Cape Town 💔 pic.twitter.com/V0tIf1r1zM
— Peché Africa 🇿🇦 (@pmcafrica) September 25, 2023