The wet weather that the Cape Peninsula has experienced is more severe than usual.Cape Town’s average rainfall for July is around 83mm, but more than 93mm has already fallen during the first week of July.
The City’s Disaster Response Teams are continuing with mopping-up operations. About 70 informal settlements, 7 500 structures and 30,000 people are directly affected. Approximately 3 000 people are been housed at emergency shelters in community halls.
The rain has been even more of a challenge to the City because of the 2 480 displaced people in five safety zones and the 1 192 in community halls that are still being cared for.
The NGOs providing disaster relief in partnership with the City of Cape Town are stretched to the limit in supplying adequate hot meals and blankets to the flood victims in the community halls and those in the affected areas. Currently some 22 000 meals are been provided twice a day and over 13 000 blankets have been given to the flood victims.
This illustrates why PetroSA’s generous donation of R1,5 million, that was presented to Executive Mayor Helen Zille yesterday (9 July), is so welcome. It will be of great benefit to the Disaster Management team as they co-ordinate the supply of food, blankets and other assistance to the flood victims.
Informal settlements often spring up on land prone to flooding, because this is the only space available to people who cannot access formal housing. Although the City of Cape Town makes every effort to prepare for winter rains, it is not possible to prevent flooding in low-lying informal settlements, particularly when we have such heavy rains.
The Transport, Roads & Stormwater Directorate are continuing to pump out stagnant water at various informal settlements to reduce any potential disease outbreak and the environmental health inspectors are keeping a watchful eye on the affected areas.
The City thanks all the disaster relief agencies, NGOs, civil society and the residents of Cape Town for their overwhelming support in this time of hardship.
Members of the public who would like to contribute to disaster relief operations can use this specially created bank account:
Name: City of Cape Town
Account number: 4056584569
Reference: 192017350 (this reference number must be inserted)
Branch code: 631609
Branch: Public Sector, Western Cape
Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions can be reported to the City’s all hours Technical Operations Centre at 0860 103 054.
In the event of a life or property-threatening emergency, contact 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719
CELL: 084 711 7709