South Africa UPDATE: Five dead in Cape storm

CAPE TOWN – Five fatalities have been reported in the Western Cape as a violent storm sweeps through the province.

The spokesperson for the local government, environmental affairs and development planning, James-Brent Styan, has confirmed five people were killed because of the inclement weather – four of them in a fire.

The four people were electrocuted on Wednesday morning when power lines collapsed onto their home.

A man was also killed when a home collapsed on him in Lavender Hill.

Styan said the city did all it could.

“There have been five fatalities; four people in Kraaifontein and another in Lavender Hill. It’s a tragedy that we had been trying to avoid. We did what we could, but unfortunately, we are dealing with a storm that is the worst in 30 years to have hit this province.”

The city will provide an update on the effects of the #CapeStorm on Wednesday afternoon.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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