Heatwave conditions in the Central Karoo have intensified the need for relief to communities that have had no power for more than a week.
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Heatwave conditions in the Central Karoo have intensified the need for relief to communities that have had no power for more than a week, according to a humanitarian organisation.
Heavy storms destroyed seven pylons in the area on 3 February, leaving Roggeveld, Laingsburg, Ladismith, Leeu Gamka, Swartberg, Merweville, Matjiesfontein, Prince Albert, Fraserburg, Sutherland and surrounding areas without power. The situation has also impacted water supply.
To add insult to injury, the SA Weather Service (SAWS) issued an advisory for heatwave conditions for the rest of the week, and on Monday, parts of the Karoo surpassed 40 degrees. Laingsburg recorded a maximum of 42 degrees on Monday, with Ladismith climbing to 43. Port Alfred reached 30 degrees, and Sutherland reached 34.
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