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5000 unlawful buildings battered by WC storm; 6300 individuals affected 

Provincial authorities say no affordable engineering flood mitigation measures could be efficiently applied in these areas as a result of flood-prone nature of the land.

As winter storms proceed to batter the Western Cape, greater than 5,000 unlawful buildings have been affected in Cape City and an estimated 6,300 individuals as circumstances are anticipated to worsen within the coming days.

The town on Tuesday launched a press release saying that its evaluation discovered the vast majority of the flooded areas are located on land that’s not appropriate for habitation equivalent to like wetlands, waterlogged areas and personal land which have been unlawfully occupied.

It mentioned there have been no affordable engineering flood mitigation measures that could possibly be efficiently applied in these areas as a result of flood-prone nature of the land.

It mentioned assessments continued and the town would assist wherever it’s potential to take action.

“Greater than 70% of the newly occupied areas, largely because of organised large-scale illegal occupation because the begin of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, have been created on unsuitable, flood-prone land, dams and water retention ponds,” the assertion mentioned.

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“The town has been speaking that it expects fairly a excessive variety of flooding incidents this yr as a result of spike in illegal occupations which have occurred.”

“The worst affected area at current is the town of Cape City,” mentioned Anton Bredell, provincial MEC for native authorities, environmental affairs and growth planning.

Bredell mentioned that a considerable amount of rain had been measured throughout the Wstern Cape already together with 71mm in Geelbek on the West Coast and 55mm in Ceres.

“A lot of rain has fallen and continues to fall within the metro space. The town of Cape City and its companions are already rolling out assist to affected communities. This contains offering scorching meals and blankets to affected communities.”

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