5 dead as storm brings some relief to drought-hit Cape Town

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5 dead as storm brings some relief to drought-hit Cape Town

A powerful storm heading for the Cape in a satellite picture shot at 11am yesterday.

This comes a few weeks after Cape Town organised an inter-faith prayer service on the Table Mountain for rain during the ongoing drought in the region.

Cape Town, which announced restrictions on water use, urged residents to capture rain from the storm in containers for flushing toilets and other needs. "Flushing the toilet with rainwater could save nine litres or more per flush‚ depending on the type of toilet‚" said the mayor.

In the Western Cape - at least two people were injured when the roof of their home was blown off, while trees have been uprooted in Durbanville, Delft, Plattekloof and Plumstead. "Outside they should tie down their belongings because we are expecting abnormally strong winds‚" she said.

And it advised residents anywhere on the coast to consider moving their cars to higher ground.

James-Brent Styan of local government, environmental affairs & development planning confirmed 5 people were killed because of the inclement weather - four of them in a fire. The weather forecast was for thunder showers with gale-force winds throughout the day.

Styan said the city did all it could.

"We'll see what the situation is".

A very serious front was "coming our way between 1pm and 2pm and we want to get people home before then ... there is going to be flooding".

"After extensive consultation with all role-players and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in the Western Cape tomorrow, 7th June 2017", said Western Cape Head of Department, Brian Schreuder.

A statement from the province added: "We strongly advise members of the public to stay off the roads and remain indoors".

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