Five people have been killed by a storm in Cape Town that South African media dubbed “the mother of all storms”.Drought ends.
Schools and universities have had to shut, roofs were blown off and shelters have been opened for those left destitute.
The storm comes two weeks after the region declared a drought disaster.
The BBC’s Mo Allie in Cape Town reports that before the storm, there had been several interfaith meetings to pray for rain.
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Our correspondent adds that the storm was anticipated and warnings have been made by the local authorities for the last week.
Among the dead is a family of four killed in a fire started by lightning, said Western Cape Disaster Management spokesman James-Brent Styan.
He added that many people had been injured by flying debris.
Cape Town resident Neels Stander told the BBC: “One minute it’s a drought, the next it’s a storm. No wonder the place is called the Cape of Storms.”
President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a trip to Cape Town to open the World News Media Congress because it is not possible to fly there.
BBC weather forecaster Philip Avery warns that Wednesday could bring in excess of 50mm of rain to some western areas of South Africa, accompanied by winds of 60-90km/h.
Coastal areas face the additional hazard of high tides, reinforced by storm waves, some of which may reach 10m.Cape Town weather good next few days .
Thursday should see conditions easing but a passing cold front will introduce much cooler weather in all areas.That Weather Killed Five
In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs had completely dried up. It was said to have been the region’s worst drought in more than a century.
Several other southern African nations were also affected by the two-year drought, which was caused by the El Nino climate phenomenon.
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