aid & development

R2m aid for rain flooded Cape Town

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013

More than R2 million worth of aid has been distributed to people affected by recent heavy rains in Cape Town, the city's disaster risk management centre said on Wednesday.

"Social relief aid in the form of blankets, hot meals, food parcels, flood kits and baby packs, were distributed among 12,560

individuals of 2,781 households the past two days," spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

Areas affected are Atlantis, Bishop Lavis, Crossroads, Delft, Gordon's Bay, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein and Valhalla Park.

"Further heavy rain is expected for the remainder of the week that will cause localised urban flooding across the Cape Peninsula and other parts of the Western Cape province."

Solomons-Johannes said this was likely to exacerbate the flood-risk on the Cape Flats, as the water-table was already saturated.

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