Death Toll In Cape Storms, Fire Rises

Death Toll In Cape Storms, Fire Rises

Plettenberg Bay and Knysna were also without power for most of Wednesday because of the fires.

Three people died due to fires related to the storm in Rheenendal, outside Knysna, east of Cape Town, he said by phone.

Eight people have been killed, three of them in the Knysna area, as the worst storm to hit Cape Town in three decades made landfall late on Tuesday before hurtling eastwards along what is known as South Africa's "Garden Route".

According to the newspaper, people in the Whale Rock and Longships areas, near Robberg, were being evacuated.

Flames engulfed dozens of homes in Knysna and led to the temporary closure of a stretch of coastal highway. He said there was little hope of stopping the fire and officials would just continue evacuating all those in its path.

At least five people were killed Wednesday during raging storms in South Africa's western city of Cape Town, the city's disaster risk management confirmed.


"This wind is blowing very, very strong, causing the fire to spread extremely rapidly", Manuel said, according to the African News Agency.

The British consul-general in Cape Town, Edward Roman, said a team had been sent to the area to "monitor the situation" and to provide assistance to British nationals who live in the area.

"I'm scared to stay in my house because of wind", Cape Town resident Unati Sigcau said.

The weather also caused chaos throughout the city, knocking out electricity and cancelling flights and rail services.

The Khayelitsha township, a vast encampment of tightly-packed shacks just outside Cape Town, was reported to be totally deserted except for a handful of children and suffered severe flooding.

We have resources from as far as Cape Town.

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