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Severe Weather Alerts And Humanitarian Efforts In Western Cape

The Department of Water and Sanitation has indicated that dam levels have not yet seen significant inflows from the rains, but this is expected to change as runoff starts filling up the dams.

The Western Cape has been experiencing severe weather conditions, with heavy rains and strong winds making landfall across the region.

The Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) has confirmed that several cold fronts are expected to hit until Friday, July 12. This post will provide a comprehensive overview of the current situation, including the impact on local communities and the ongoing humanitarian efforts.

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On Thursday, nearly 1,000 structures were destroyed by strong winds in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, leaving close to 4,000 people without shelter in these cold and wet conditions.

MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, stated that humanitarian aid, including hot meals, blankets, and other support, is being provided to those affected.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued several severe weather warnings for the upcoming week:

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  • Level 4 warning for heavy rain and potential flooding over the western parts of the Western Cape on Sunday.
  • Level 8 warning for high winds of between 80 and 90km/h affecting Cape Town, Drakenstein, Stellenbosch, and the Western Overberg region.
  • Level 4 warning for winds of between 50 and 70km/h for the Namakwa District and the central and eastern parts of the Western Cape.
  • Level 6 warning for waves along the coastline between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas, spreading to Plettenberg Bay by the afternoon.
  • Level 6 warning for disruptive snowfall over the mountains of the Western Cape and the southern high ground of the Namakwa District on Sunday and Monday.

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Eskom has reported line faults affecting Tulbagh, Rawsonville, the Hex River Valley, and Belhar in Cape Town. Teams are actively working to restore connectivity in these areas.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has indicated that dam levels have not yet seen significant inflows from the rains, but this is expected to change as runoff starts filling up the dams.

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The Wemmershoek Dam, managed by the City of Cape Town, is currently at 77.8%, and the controlled release of water into the Berg River will be managed carefully once the dam levels approach 100%.

Anton Bredell emphasized the importance of refraining from spreading false information on social media, as it can cause unnecessary panic and distract disaster management services from attending to critical risks.

The PDMC will continue to monitor the weather situation and hold daily operational meetings with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a coordinated response.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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