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Cape Town and Eastern Cape Devastated by Torrential Rains

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

On Saturday, severe rainstorms brought about widespread destruction in Cape Town and parts of the Western and Eastern Cape. High tides at Gordon's Bay not only swept away vehicles, but also heavily damaged local infrastructure, causing a state of chaos amongst locals.

These rainstorms have resulted in several rivers overflowing, causing a trail of destruction around the Western Cape and Eastern Cape in their wake. At Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay, cars were helplessly swept away by colossal waves when a high tide breached the roadside.

There have also been reports of near-drowning incidents at Sandy Bay and Three Anchor Bay in the Western Cape adding to the panic amongst residents.

Further, Gqeberha witnessed damage at the Mangolds Pool Resort, where caravans and structures were also compromised by the weather conditions.

Despite the vast destruction, it is a relief to learn that no fatalities have been reported from either of the provinces.

In addition to the devastating natural disaster, at least 16 areas of Cape Town are without electricity, as confirmed by the City of Cape Town. This is a result of the severe rain and also due to vandalism and theft. Affected regions span from Valhalla Park to Plumstead.

In the face of such devastation, power restoration to the affected areas is underway, as per the statement from the city authorities.

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