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

Lydia Fleming
June 8, 2017

In Cape Town and surrounding areas, storm victims included four people who died in a fire caused by lightning, three who died in another fire and one who was killed when a home collapsed, disaster management officials said.

The BBC's Mo Allie in Cape Town reports that before the storm, there had been several interfaith prayer group meetings praying for rain.

The "worst storm in living memory" began to unleash its fury on Cape Town early on Wednesday writes Dave Chambers. The region has been suffering a severe drought. Many injuries due to flying debris were also reported by the BBC.

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

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Western Cape authorities ordered for the closure of schools and universities in the province on Wednesday for the safety of students and teachers.

The City also urges residents that where possible, to use suitable containers to capture rainwater, which is ideal for flushing toilets.

Around 700 structures have been affected by flooding, according to the City of Cape Town's Disaster Management.

The chart below, from the South African Weather Service, shows the position of the low-pressure system and associated cold front as of midnight on Wednesday morning.

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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.

Forecasters said the storm predicted to be the worst for 30 years would reach its height between 11am and 5pm.

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

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