A video trending on social media shows how a lady in Bongolethu, Oudtshoorn had a narrow escape when she was swept away by water on Sunday, December 5.
In the video, the lady can be seen moving along with the stream as community members call out for help. However, a man managed to pull her out of the water that washed down the street during the storm.
Several homes were also destroyed and families were displaced after strong winds, heavy rain and widespread flooding wreaked havoc throughout Oudtshoorn.
According to the Oudtshoorn Municipality, it has now activated its joint Operations Centre to provide relief to those affected by the flooding as well.
Disaster management head, Adel Supra-Vertue, confirmed that they remain on high alert as rain continues to fall throughout the area, SABC reports.
“We had a cloud burst that caused some floods. Some of the roofs in town, as well as outside of town, got some wind damage as well as trees that fell into houses.
“We have some damages in Meiringspoort as well but our majority concern is our area in Bonglethu which was hit hard with the wind and rain,” Supra-Vertue said.
The George Municipality has urged residents to stay at home as heavy rain has caused the flooding of a number of main roads, while the resident affected by the flooding has been housed at the De Jager Sports complex.
More rainfall is also expected throughout the week in the region after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a weather warning for certain parts of the Western Cape.
According to SAWS, certain parts of the province will be affected by severe weather conditions, including heavy rains resulting in flooding, hail, and damaging winds.
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