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Sunday, 07 July 2024 16:54

Western Cape disaster centre on standby for adverse weather to hit on Sunday.

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The Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell says the province's Disaster Management Centre is prepared for a series of cold fronts hitting the province from Sunday until Friday next week.

Bredell was briefed on Saturday by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) on the approaching weather systems.

According to Bredell, strong winds, combined with rain-saturated soil increase the risks of trees and tall structures being toppled. 

In addition, He said various government services may be affected by the inclement weather and residents are asked to stay informed by monitoring the latest weather reports through trusted local news platforms and the local municipality's social media pages. 

"Services are also being activated to support the vulnerable and those impacted by the inclement weather," the MEC added.

An Orange Level 6 warning was issued for disruptive rain leading to flooding of roads and (formal/informal) settlements over the West Coast, City of Cape Town, Western Cape Winelands, Valley And Overberg Districts of the Western Cape, but Yellow Level 2 over Matizikama, Cederberg, Hantam, Karoo Hoogland, Lainburg, Kanneland And Hessequa Local Municipalities of the Western Cape.

Meanwhile Fullview understands more than 4 000 people have been left homeless after 1 000 homes were destroyed by floods in Cape Town.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde cautioned residents to heed the call of law enforcement officials during inclement weather his week.

According to the SAWS, very wet, cold and windy conditions associated with an intense cold front and steepening upper-air trough are expected to start affecting the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape, the North West and Free State, spreading along the Lesotho border on Monday.

"The public and small stock farmers are advised that very cold conditions and snowfalls are expected."

The SAWS also issued a warning about high fire danger conditions that are expected over the Free State, eastern parts of the Northern Cape, western parts of North West, Eastern Cape, south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.