Hailstorm: Ladysmith recovery begins after weekend ordeal

2012-12-12 00:00

LADYSMITH residents were still recovering yesterday from Sunday’s heavy hailstorm which wreaked havoc, destroying homes and vehicles.

That storm was followed by another storm that dumped 86 mm of rain on the area on Monday evening.

Disaster relief organisations were still getting in and out of the affected areas providing basic needs, principally tarpaulins to cover damaged roofs.

Some business people in the hospitality industry in the small town were also hit hard by the storm.

Platrand Lodge receptionist Kerry Montgomery said: “My phone lines have been affected, as well as the Vodacom tower.

“There has been a lot of damage. My brother-in-law lost 16 windows in his house, but our damage is nothing compared to what the poorer communities have suffered. They have lost entire homes, livestock and crops.”

Naunton guest house manager Chris du Toit said: “We were smashed. The roof, the furniture, even the wedding venue was damaged.

“I’ve had my insurance company come over for a quote and all I can say is that the damage is extensive.”

Residents in some areas around Ladysmith became unruly in the past two days demanding urgent attention from authorities.

Ward 21 councillor in Steadville, Sthembile Nkomonde, said people started barricading the road with burning tyres.

Nkomonde said Mayor Vincent Madlala arrived to address the impatient residents at the Steadville community hall.

“In parts of my ward we haven’t received any relief yet, but we were told it was on its way.

“I can’t explain the behaviour of those who became unruly in other parts of the location, especially that they were at least attended to. On the directive from the leadership, we are still moving from area to area to record the extent of the damage and what urgent assistance is needed to households,” he said.

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