Eight killed, thousands displaced as storm lashes South Africa's Cape

Jeannette Daniel
June 8, 2017

In a statement, the City said that residents were still being asked to continue using less than 100 litres per person per day and that the cold front now sweeping across the city was not a green light "out of our drought situation". "Flushing an average toilet could save nine litres per flush depending on the type of toilet". "Investigations [are] under way to see how [we can] capture urban storm water at a greater scale and then store it for later treatment and use".

The chart below, from the South African Weather Service, shows the position of the low-pressure system and associated cold front as of midnight on Wednesday morning.

"Disaster Management cautions the public to avoid the beach, rivers, dams and desist from outdoors activities like hiking", Stayn wrote.

"Residents should make real preparations for the storm".

Schools will reopen on Thursday when the storm is expected to have subsided.

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The weather service issued warnings for several areas in the Western Cape including the winelands‚ the Cape metropole‚ and the Overberg‚ saying damaging winds‚ high seas and flooding could result in "loss of life".

Uprooted trees blocked roads across the city‚ and numerous residents tweeted their appreciation of City of Cape Town emergency teams who quickly removed the obstacles.

Provincial local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said no reports of deaths or serious injuries had been received. The weather forecast was for thunder showers with gale-force winds throughout the day. "If we need someone to get to Oudtshoorn very quickly you need a helicopter‚" said Styan.

In a statement on Tuesday, Western Cape education department head Brian Schreuder said the decision was taken in the best interests of pupil and teacher safety.

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