South Africa : West coast storm kills 8, causes chaos

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Numerous homes have been gutted by the blaze that started on Tuesday and grew rapidly when a storm passed over the Western Cape town. Santam, which on May 31 said underwriting results are under pressure, dropped as much as 2.9percent to its lowest level on a closing basis in nearly four months.

A vicious storm in Cape Town, South Africa has killed eight people and produced huge 12 metre waves that pummeled the coastline, causing extensive damage and flooding.

Colin Deiner, the chief director of the Western Cape's fire service, told Voice of the Cape radio that at least 150 structures had been destroyed.

South Africa declared a scenic coastal town a disaster area on Thursday as firefighters battled to put out a runaway blaze that destroyed homes and forced up to 10,000 people to evacuate.

"Reports of some evacuees heading back to evacuated areas in Knysna is a matter of concern". The service provider company indicated it is aware that some of its customers in Cape Town and Eastern Cape are experiencing intermittent service disruptions due to power lines that were damaged by strong winds yesterday.

"Also the rain, that's why I moved here with my child, ".

On social media, #CapeStorm and #KnysnaFire trended in the country with many sharing photos and video of the storm, as well as urging residents to aid those who have been displaced.

- Dawie Bosch (@dawierbosch) June 7, 2017Any donations to make soup and take it to an informal settlement in Cape Town is needed pls DM me. Some 2000 people across the city are receiving humanitarian relief.

Residents are banned from using potable water to irrigate gardens, wash cars and fill up swimming pools, with the average level of usable water in surrounding dams having dropped to less than 10 percent.