dglobalnews.com At Least 8 Dead As Storm Hammers Cape Town Coastline
Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

At Least 8 Dead As Storm Hammers Cape Town Coastline

At Least 8 Dead As Storm Hammers Cape Town Coastline

Millions of people in shanty towns, who have previously had to cope with the region's worst drought in a century, have been hardest hit, with floods and heavy rain washing away homes built of planks and zinc sheets.

The fires coincided with a severe storm that has lashed the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Province since Tuesday night.

About 10,000 people have been evacuated from a scenic coastal town in South Africa that has been devastated by fast-moving fires.

"All our objectives at the moment are focused on dealing with the fires in the Southern Cape", said Colin Deiner of the Western Cape Disaster Management.

Eight people were killed by the blaze, according to Reuters.

One woman took to Twitter to say an elderly woman was stranded on a hilltop after fleeing her burning home.

"Also the rain, that's why I moved here with my child, ".

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Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, tonight.

The City of Cape Town has launched a donation campaign for those in need of help.

The expected influx of claims may not push the bigger property and casualty insurers into losses for the year, but companies like Zurich Insurance South Africa and Auto & General Insurance may struggle, Adrian Cloete, analyst at PSG Wealth, said in Cape Town.

President Jacob Zuma was forced to cancel a speech in the eastern city of Durban Wednesday, because the extreme weather conditions made it impossible for him to fly out of Cape Town, his office said.

Schools which were closed on Wednesday will reopen on Thursday, he said.

Residents are banned from using potable water to irrigate gardens, wash cars and fill up swimming pools, with the average level of usable water in surrounding dams having dropped to less than 10 percent.

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