15 July 2009 (IRIN) - More than 20,000 residents in 63 informal
settlements in the South African port city of Cape Town have been
affected by severe winter storms.
spokesperson for the city's Disaster Risk Management department, told
IRIN: "The whole environment is wet."
She said the city had established six emergency shelters to provide hot
meals and disburse humanitarian assistance, such as blankets,
non-perishable foods and baby formula, after an appeal to Cape Town's
residents for donations.
Unlike much of South Africa, Cape Town experiences its main rainfall
during the winter months from May to September, while rapid
urbanization has resulted in the establishment of informal settlements
on land that is often unsuitable.
Powell said people arriving in the city during the summer months, when
rainfall is low, were often not aware until the winter months that they
had built rudimentary shelters on water courses or wetlands, which were
prone to flooding.
The weather forecast for the next few days is that the rain will stop, followed by clear skies and low temperatures.
is piling on roadways in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, creating difficult
and frustrating situations for drivers. February 25, 2009.
warnings have been issued for eastern Vancouver Island, the Fraser
Valley and Whistler with accumulations of five to 10 centimetres
through the valley and 15 centimetres in Whistler. February 25, 2009.
Icy hand of winter looms over B.C. coast
Updated: Thu Feb. 26 2009 07:45:22
The Canadian Press
Just when South Coast residents thought it was safe to break out the
spring pastels, Mother Nature is donning an earmuff and mittens.
Snowfall warnings have been issued for eastern Vancouver Island, the
Fraser Valley and Whistler with accumulations of five to 10 centimetres
through the valley and 15 centimetres in Whistler.
Snow is piling on roadways in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, creating difficult and frustrating situations for drivers.
An ice storm is making roads treacherous in multiple states from Texas
to the District of Columbia. Ice is blamed for several traffic death
and dozens of accidents. The National Weather Service has posted
warnings for areas across the country.