It has turned tragic as two people are missing and 30 farmworkers are being evacuated in Riviersonderend as a storm continues to take a heavy toll on the Western Cape, with people dying in Bonnievale.

On Thursday, spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said the Overberg, specifically Bredasdorp, Struisbaai, Riviersonderend and the surrounding areas, continue to be hardest hit by the storm that made landfall on Tuesday evening, with many areas still flooded, James-Brent Styan.

The SA Weather Service predicts that the bad weather will continue until Saturday and while less rain is predicted for the City of Cape Town, a warning has been issued for heavy rain in Oudtshoorn. Heavy rain is also expected to continue over the Cape Winelands District, Hessequa and Ladismith municipalities until Saturday.

Styan said “Malgas in the Southern Cape is cut off due to impassable roads. Contingency plans are in place for emergencies through Overberg Disaster Management. No attempts must be made to leave the area as roads have become dangerous”.

“Due to a lot of water in the catchment areas, it is predicted that the Breede River (and other rivers in the affected areas) will be experiencing higher than normal flood levels during the next 24 hours. People in low-lying areas close to rivers are urged to be on alert for severe flooding”.

The Tradouw Pass between Barrydale and Swellendam is closed due to current weather conditions which has resulted in a rock fall.

Two people died in flood waters in Bonnievale on the R317 last night after being trapped in an overturned vehicle. Emergency services officials and police divers were dispatched to the scene to remove the two bodies.

Search and rescue efforts are continuing for the two missing persons, one in Stormsvlei and the other in Riviersonderend.