The inclement weather experienced over the past few days has hit many shack dwellers the hardest.

Heavy rainfall and gale-force winds lashed various parts of the province over the past two days.

Numerous wind-related incidents were reported on Sunday into Monday.

A security guard also died in Wellington after a tree fell on him while he was on patrol – in the Diemersfontein Estate on Sunday.

And Eskom is attending to power-related faults in various communities across the province.

The recent heavy rainfall has devastated shack dwellers in New Village in Lwandle, in Strand.

At least 40 people have been temporarily housed at a community hall on Monday.

Some of their homes were flooded.

One resident, Nomhlangabezo Madikizile says the roof of her shack was blown off.

“I’m feeling sad because I don’t know what I’m going to do now because I don’t have my sisters here, and they are in Stellenbosch. I can’t leave my place, because if I leave the [remaining] material. I still have two windows left”.

Meanwhile, Nwabisa Maga said, “My house is full of water. I don’t have a space to wash and I’m staying with my children. I don’t think they are going to school. I tried to remove the water from my house, but it’s very difficult because the water comes back to the house”.

Authorities are still assessing the number of people affected across the province, as well as the extent of the damage.

Premier Alan Winde has activated the Joint Operational Centre to coordinate the provincial disaster response.