Quake damage shuts down 3 North West clinics

2014-08-06 08:32

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Three clinics in Klerksdorp, North West, were badly damaged when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit South Africa yesterday.

“Two of the clinics have been shut down after severe structural damage,” provincial health department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said yesterday.

The closed clinics were Stilfontein Clinic and Parkstreet Clinic in Klerksdorp. The third clinic was under the administration of a mine in Stilfontein.

Lekgethwane said renovations had started on the mining clinic and it was expected to be functional today.

“As a temporary measure the department has arranged to use shuttle buses to ferry patients to nearby health facilities,” he said.

North West Health MEC Magome Masike would visit the clinics today to assess the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.

The quake, which was one of South Africa’s largest magnitude earthquakes in the past decade, was felt as far away as Mozambique and Botswana.

The Council for Geoscience said its epicentre was in the Orkney region in North West province, where one person was killed.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the body of a 31-year-old man was found in an old mining village in Orkney following the quake.

At least 400 houses in the area were destroyed, Premier Supra Mahumapelo told reporters.

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