Storm kills 5 people in South Africa's Cape Town

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Storm kills 5 people in South Africa's Cape Town
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08 June, 2017

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - At least eight people were killed in a storm that swept into the Cape Town area, which has been suffering from a severe drought, South African authorities said Wednesday.

Four of the victims were killed in a fire started by lightning, according to the BBC.

The "worst storm in living memory" began to unleash its fury on Cape Town early on Wednesday writes Dave Chambers. Two people were injured when a roof blew off in Lavender Hill.

"Heavy rain and flash flooding are expected (across) the western parts of the Western Cape. on Wednesday into Thursday morning", the weather service added. "Investigations [are] under way to see how [we can] capture urban storm water at a greater scale and then store it for later treatment and use".

The storm comes at the end of the region's worst drought in a century.

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An Anadolu Agency video journalist in Cape Town said there were few people walking in the city with most businesses closed.

"Disaster Management cautions the public to avoid the beach, rivers, dams and desist from outdoors activities like hiking", Stayn wrote.

Local media outlet Jacaranda FM attributed the death toll of eight to James-Brent Styan, a provincial official. Commuters should expect delays of up to an hour on all other lines, Metrorail said on Twitter.

Cape Town workers said they had taken measures to protect some poor residents, who live in sprawling neighborhoods of makeshift homes.

"We must therefore continue to save water now and we can not afford to have our water use influenced by the weather - using less than 100l per person per day whether at home, work, school or elsewhere remains the requirement".


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