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Nearly 1,000 Homes Destroyed by Gale-Force Winds in Cape Town Informal Settlement
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Nearly 1,000 homes in informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa, have been destroyed by gale-force winds, displacing around 4,000 people, according to authorities and an aid organization. The city is bracing for a week of damaging storms.

South African weather authorities reported on Monday that Cape Town and surrounding areas are expected to face multiple cold fronts until at least Friday, bringing torrential rain, strong winds, and flooding. Cape Town’s disaster coordination team has been on alert since the first front arrived last Thursday.

The worst-hit areas are the poor, informal settlements on the outskirts of South Africa’s second-biggest city. Thousands have been displaced in Khayelitsha after strong winds destroyed homes and other structures.

The local aid organization Gift of the Givers provided 10,000 meals and 3,000 blankets to displaced people in Khayelitsha over the weekend.

Other areas have experienced flooding, and the weather has caused power outages in more than 30 suburbs, according to the City of Cape Town. Officials are monitoring dam levels to prevent overflow and are considering a controlled release of water with more heavy rain expected this week.

Cape Town frequently faces cold fronts from the Atlantic Ocean during its winter months in the middle of the year, which are particularly damaging for impoverished informal settlements.

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