The City of Cape Town has confirmed eight fatalities due to electrocution as the province experienced damaging winds and heavy rainfall over the extended weekend. These weather conditions led to widespread flooding and substantial damage to the electrical infrastructure.
Although weather conditions have since improved, efforts are now focused on mopping up and conducting damage assessments.
Among the eight victims, four were in the COVID-19 informal settlement in Driftsands, while the other four were children in the Philippi east area.
In response to an incident in the Klipfontein Mission Station informal settlement in Philippi, the police discovered the bodies of four boys in a local dam. They were pronounced dead at the scene, prompting an inquest for further investigation.
Furthermore, in Villiersdorp’s Bo Radyn area, rescue teams initiated a search for an individual who was swept away by floodwaters on Monday.
In Botrivier, another individual who had been carried away by floodwaters was later found clinging to a tree.