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Cape Storm turns deadly: Two dead after floods flip vehicle

A freak incident in Bonnievale has claimed two lives this week, after the Cape Storm dumped more than 100mm of rain in some regions.

Cape storm

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The ferocious Cape Storm shows no sign of relenting on Thursday, and widespread rainfall and strong winds expected to persist throughout the Western Cape up until tomorrow morning. Weather warnings remain in place, but sadly, the extreme conditions have already claimed two lives in the past 24 hours.

Cape Storm latest news and updates: Two dead in Bonnievale

In relaying the latest update on the storm, Western Cape officials confirmed that flooding had caused several serious incidents on Wednesday. Roads have been damaged, major commuter routes shutdown, and there are even reports of vehicles being swept away in some provincial districts. The local government has confirmed the following:

  • Two people died in flood waters in Bonnievale on the R317 last night – after being trapped in an overturned vehicle.
  • Another bakkie that was stuck in floodwaters was towed out and the driver managed to escape without injuries.
  • A number of children that were reported to be trapped under a bridge were found to be safe in a nearby house.
  • Several roads were left badly damaged.
  • The Meiringspoort was closed but has since been reopened.
  • The most significant damage caused by the weather has been reported across the Cape Winelands.

Weather warnings for the Western Cape on Thursday 6 May

Anton Bredell, The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning in the Western Cape, has expressed his condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy. The Cape Storm has dumped over 100mm of rain in some suburbs, pushing emergency services to their very limits overnight.

“Our emergency services have been working tirelessly throughout the night. The conditions caused by the Cape Storm were very difficult and we are grateful for the men and women who stood up once more to help our communities. We hope that we don’t see any further major incidents and urge the public to take care over the next few days.”

“In Robertson and Hermanus, 41mm of rainfall has been measured. Struisbaai, meanwhile, has received 115mm of rainfall. Swellendam has recorded 45mm, and Grabouw 58mm. In Cape Town, between 6mm and 14mm has been measured so far. And finally, the Tsitsikamma region has received about 48mm to 50mm.”