Heavy rains hit Western Cape

Western Cape farmers are bracing themselves for more rain as the unseasonal downpours continue in the province.

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Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Wes-Cape, said that although there was no serious damage as yet, farmers could face problems if the rains continued.

Over the past 48 hours Merweville had received 75mm of rain, Durbanville 50mm, Paarl 30mm, Worcester 100mm and Ceres 20mm. The Montagu area has received between 50mm and 100mm.

“The grape harvest in Montagu and De Doorns is being hindered by the rain. Rivers in Worcester came down strong, but due to early warnings no damage occurred,” said Opperman.

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He said that although rain was common in the Western Cape at this time of the year, the amount was unusual.

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