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

More wet weather for KZN motorists

News24 reported Wednesday that four people were killed in a fire caused by lightning and another person died when a house collapsed.

Officials of the provincial disaster management unit said five people were killed during a winter storm in the South African city of Cape Town. Two people were injured when a roof blew off in Lavender Hill. The region has been suffering a severe drought.

As many shared genuine pictures of the storm and its aftermath on social media, still others used the turmoil to circulate doctored videos.

While Cape Town badly needs rain following the worst drought on record, the downpour will only marginally alleviate water shortages, city authorities said.

By Wednesday night, Disaster Risk Management officials had made assessments in the following areas: Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Macassar Village, Faure and Wesbank.




"We will be working with schools to ensure that the programme returns to normal [on Thursday] and we request their understanding and cooperation in the circumstances", he said.

James-Brent Styan‚ spokesman for local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning MEC Anton Bredell‚ said the unprecedented move to close schools followed warnings "that this is going to be the worst storm we've had in 30 years".

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.

"We must, therefore, continue to save water now and we can not afford to have our water use influenced by the weather - using less than 100 litres per person per day, whether at home, work, school or elsewhere, remains the requirement".

"The public is cautioned to stay away from Western Cape beaches throughout the day", Styan said.

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