2 die after storms in North West

2012-12-12 13:30
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Mahikeng - Two people were found dead west of Mahikeng following torrential rains and storms, North West police said on Wednesday.

Their bodies were found on Tuesday evening in Madibogo South, Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi said.

The first death reported was of a 22-year-old man caught in heavy rain while walking home. His aunt said he coughed the entire night and was unable to walk or talk before dying.

In a second incident, a 52-year-old man was found dead in a field used for grazing animals.

"It is suspected that he could have been struck by lightning whilst looking for his cattle when caught up in the heavy rains on his way back."

Heavy storms

The Motsitlane, Dikgatlhong and Lenganeng sections of Madibogo village have been hit by heavy storms this week.

Metsi said one house had been destroyed, a tavern and several other houses had been damaged and several families had been left homeless. The damage was estimated at R80 000.

He said the house which was destroyed had belonged to the family of Selina Tsubane, 40, who lived there with her three children and two nieces. She survived on child support grants.

On Tuesday, the Mpumalanga community safety department said 14 people were killed when a bridge collapsed on the R65 between Lothair and Ermelo due to heavy rains.

At least 11 people were also killed as a result of heavy rains in Durban.

- SAPA
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