CAPE TOWN- Nine people have been killed in flash floods in the Western Cape, the traffic officer said on Wednesday.

Kenny King said, “In total nine people lost their lives in flooding in the Western Cape shortly after 12 o’clock.”

Four women and a man drowned when they jumped out of their car to get away from the big amount of water advancing towards them,

“The [five] occupants got a fright jumped out and the water washed them away,” said Africa.

The flash flood occurred around Theewaterskloof Dam, one of the main suppliers to Cape Town, which is on severe water restriction, but the dam levels still remain low.

Another incident in Montagu area, killed four men and three passengers after they could not escape the flood of water facing towards them.

Executive Mayor of Theewaterskloof, Councillor Christelle Vosloo,was shocked by the news and said to News24,

“Given the droughts in the area this tragedy could not be foreseen. The hearts of everyone on the Council of Theewaterskloof Municipality are going out to the families of the deceased. I will visit the families to convey my sympathy to them personally,

“I thank the community for its support to the families who lost loved ones. I pray that our Heavenly Father will guard over the grieving families in this sad and difficult times.”

Assessment of the damage is underway.


Photo Credit- Voice of the Cape

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