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No less than 11 individuals have been killed after heavy rain and winds hit South Africa’s Western Cape province, together with Cape City, over the weekend leaving a path of destruction.

Authorities warn that the loss of life toll could rise because the floodwater subsides.

The damaging climate flooded properties, tore off roofs, destroyed crops and broken roads and different infrastructure.

Rescue groups are nonetheless looking for people who find themselves feared trapped of their partially submerged properties.

Eight of the 11 individuals who died had been electrocuted in an off-the-cuff settlement when waters swamped unlawful connections to the facility traces.

Seventy-two major faculty pupils and 10 adults had been trapped in a resort within the city of Oudtshoorn after a close-by river overflowed. They had been later rescued after the water subsided.

Greater than 80 roads had been closed and at the very least 15,000 properties had been lower off from the facility grid, Electrical energy Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa stated.

A view of a washed away road between Bot Rivier and Caledon following heavy rains in Western Cape, South Africa, September 25, 2023

Rivers overflowed sweeping away components of some main roads

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People walk next to the houses buried under mud following heavy rains in Sir Lowry's Pass Village, Western Cape, South Africa, September 25, 2023

The floodwaters submerged components of individuals’s properties within the Western Cape, together with in Sir Lowry’s Go Village

Metropolis of Cape City Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has signed a significant incident declaration interesting for added assets and reduction measures to take care of the aftermath of the rainfall.

The town has additionally closed the favored Steenbras Nature Reserve and Gorge climbing path to assess the influence of the floods.

Anton Bredell, a provincial cupboard minister in command of environmental affairs, stated that helicopters had been looking for some individuals who had been trapped. “We anticipate the worst there,” he stated.

The damaging rains, which ended on Monday, got here every week after bigger than regular spring tides hit the world.

Local weather change has been blamed for some current weather-related incidents in South Africa.

In 2022, flooding in KwaZulu-Natal led to the deaths of greater than 430 individuals, whereas the coastal metropolis of Gqeberha nearly ran out of water final yr.


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