Heavy rains cause flooding in Cape Town’s informal settlements

Heavy rains cause flooding in Cape Town’s informal settlements

- Heavy rains pounded Cape Town on Thursday

- They caused flooding in informal settlements

- Residents struggled to cope

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Heavy rains pounded Cape Town on Thursday and caused flooding across several informal settlements.

According to a GroundUp report, residents in these settlements resorted to using stones, old planks of wood, and tyres to make pathways.

Many of them returned from work to find their structures flooded, Briefly.co.za learned.

A child navigates a flooded area. Source: GroundUp

A child navigates a flooded area. Source: GroundUp

Moses Makundo and his family, who live in a two-roomed shack in Masiphumelele wetlands, used bricks to elevate their beds from the floodwaters.

Another resident, Zimkhitha Sihlo, said she had to take the day off from work. She lives with her 60-year-old mom and three-month-old baby. She said:

I have to keep the house warm because of the baby. I am worried. I don’t know what I am going to do if it rains tonight.

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A resident drains floodwaters from her home. Source: GroundUp

A resident drains floodwaters from her home. Source: GroundUp

Cape Town's Informal Settlements Department used plastic sheeting to help shield the structures' roofs from strong winds.

The City's Disaster Risk Management Centre has also reportedly made arrangements to fortify roads in the affected areas.

Residents called for local authorities to build cement slabs around their structures to protect them from the floods in future.

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Cape Town's authorities have reportedly made arrangements to help informal settlement residents. Source: GroundUp

Cape Town's authorities have reportedly made arrangements to help informal settlement residents. Source: GroundUp

According to the South African Weather Service, more rains and gale force winds are expected across Western Cape on Friday.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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