Storm causes havoc

2014-01-14 00:00

A STORM destroyed more than 64 homes and claimed the life of a nine-year-old boy in Richmond on Sunday night.

Ayanda Mbeje died after being struck by lightning, while his sister Akhona (2) is fighting for her life at Grey’s Hospital.

The children’s aunt, Nonhlanhla Mbhele, told The Witness that lightning had struck at about 5 pm at the children’s home while they were in the bedroom with their mother, Zandile.

“Zandile tried to rush Ayanda to the nearest clinic after the lightning struck but he died in his mother’s arms,” said Mbhele.

She added that Zandile is still traumatised by the incident of losing one child while the other is in hospital.

In another incident, two women narrowly escaped death after a wall in their home fell on them.

Tryphina (65) and Dudu Zondi (41), from Kwamagoda in Richmond, were in their four-roomed house when the storm struck.

“We heard a big wind that blew away the roof of the house and the next thing, walls were falling,” said Dudu.

Zama Dlamini from Ndaleni was alone at her house when the storm started.

“First there was rain and as I was trying to close the door, the wind blew the kitchen roof off and I ran to the lounge.

“I was scared that the wind would blow that roof off and I ran into the bedroom,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini, who was still shaken, said she couldn’t believe what had happened at her home.

“We lost everything in the house … There was nothing we could take out” she said.

Municipality spokesperson Sibonelo Bhengu said they are still trying to establish how so many homes had been destroyed.

“We visited homes in the area to find out from the residents, but some of them had moved in with their relatives,” said Bhengu.

“So far more than 64 homes had been destroyed and we are still checkin.”

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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