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Minimal impacts following latest frontal system<p>The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Operations Centre (DOC) logged 56 weather-related incidents in the last 24 hours, following the onset of the latest frontal system to hit the city.</p><p>Compared to the three previous intense cold fronts that have made landfall since June, the impacts associated with this cold front appeared to be minimal.</p><p> <strong>The DOC logged the following incidents:</strong></p><ul><li>8 incidents of flooding in informal areas in Philippi, Imizamo Yethu, Dunoon, Strand, Old Crossroads and Khayelitsha</li><li>16 incidents of electricity cables dow</li><li>23 incidents of fallen tree</li><li>9 incidents of roads flooded</li></ul><p>The Transport Department provided milling sand and unblocked waterlogged areas in informal settlements. There was no requirement for emergency shelter, or requests to the South African Social Services Agency to activate humanitarian relief.</p><p>‘The number of incidents logged this time around represent less than a third of incidents logged during the last frontal system, and so the remedial work required like unblocking drains, clearing fallen trees and restoring electricity should be completed fairly quickly. </p><p>‘On the face of it, we have come off lightly this time, although one can never underestimate the impact on our informal settlements in particular. Risk assessments and remedial measures in these areas are a key component of our winter preparations, but it remains a challenge especially where settlements are built in low-lying areas or flood plains. The frequency and intensity of frontal systems is another challenge, although, on the other hand, it has provided a welcome boost for the dam levels,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>As things stand, a well-developed cold front is expected to make landfall on Sunday afternoon; however, at this time, no official alerts have been issued by the South African Weather Service.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-07-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b;L0|#02ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b|Disaster Risk Management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#5a476e0b-67bc-4146-a9b6-dbdb63f92750;L0|#05a476e0b-67bc-4146-a9b6-dbdb63f92750|transport department;GP0|#dd998b27-a26e-4dd5-b427-aaa954ca9e51;L0|#0dd998b27-a26e-4dd5-b427-aaa954ca9e51|disaster management act1

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