Lightning kills two more, MEC calls for lightning rods

2015-02-23 00:00

A LIGHTNING strike killed two boys and injured nine others at football match in Mthonjaneni near Melmoth on Saturday afternoon.

Nine injured boys were taken to KwaMagwaza Hospital. Six of them were discharged and the other three were still being treated. One of the boys died on the scene, the other on the way to hospital.

KZN premier Senzo Mchunu this tragedy happened barely a day after victims of another lighting strike was buried in Nongoma on Saturday. He was referring to the seven people killed and four seriously injured when they were struck by lightning last Saturday. Three weeks ago, six people were killed by a lightning strike near ­Colenso and Paulpietersburg.

The premier called upon people in KZN to avoid open fields in case of lightning and ensure their children are safely at home during storms.

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) ­Nomusa Dube-Ncube said her department will continue to roll out lightning conductors to areas prone to lightning. She has appealed to members of the public who can afford to purchase them in ­hardware stores to do so since they are sold over the counter.

Meanwhile in Pietermaritzburg heavy rains flooded Orthmann Road and ­Raisethorpe on Saturday, making driving an extremely hazardous task, but no major damage to property occurred. Witness journalist Amil Umraw the water was as high as his car’s tyres along Orthmann Road going ­into Raisethorpe.

Umraw said as he neared New Greytown Road, the bridge over that road was ­completely flooded and overflowing with water. “It was bad, the water there was also almost up to my tyres and you couldn’t see any of the speed bumps along the road.”

He added that some of the cars were pushed across to the other side of the road by the water.

“I am surprised there weren’t more ­accidents on Saturday,” he said.


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