Over 100 homes damaged

2013-01-08 00:00

MORE than 100 homes in Pietermaritzburg were damaged in the storm that battered the Midlands on Sunday afternoon. The storm caused damage to houses in Ashdown, Caluza, Smero, Haywood, KwaMpumuza and Thembalihle near Eastwood.

In Sweetwaters, at Nxamalala, a group of four enterprising youngsters were clearing rocks and mud which had blocked the road and asked motorists for a donation or “toll” to pass.

In Ward 20, which covers Caluza, Smero and Haywood, at least 100 homes were damaged.

Local councillor Thulani Xulu said: “We thank God no one died during the storm. We only had 12 people sent to hospital for minor injuries. Some spent the night at the Caluza Higher Primary School and in the morning went back home to start fixing and rebuilding their homes.”

Phumlani Sosibo of Mpumuza said his family home was one of at least 12 that were damaged. “No one was at home at the time.We received a call from a neighbour who said we should rush home because the storm had damaged our house,” he said.

Shine Mkhize, also of Mpumuza, said she and her husband had a narrow escape when a large tree fell and missed their roof by inches.

Smero widow Margaret Gwala said: “My son spent more than R8 500 repairing the roof. Furniture and electrical appliances are damaged. The DStv, TV set and bedroom suites are damaged …”

Creighton, Ixopo and Bulwer were also affected.

Insurance companies said they were fielding a large number of calls. Moosa Allee, owner of Moosa Allee Insurance Brokers CC, said they had received about 60 calls yesterday morning, mostly about blocked drains.

Gavin Myburgh, claims manager with Safire Insurance, said they had received claims for burst pipes, damaged roofs and other structural damage caused by falling trees.

Allee said assessing the damage would take about three weeks.

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