KwaZulu-Natal battered by storms

2014-03-17 23:16

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Violent storms in parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Monday afternoon led to one person being electrocuted by a lightning strike, 18 people being injured, and many others left homeless, the co-operative governance department said.

"Scores of people in the province... have been left homeless after violent storms, accompanied by torrential downpours, cut a swath of destruction in some parts of the province around 17:00 today, Monday," spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said in a statement.

"According to preliminary reports, the Midlands and northern KwaZulu-Natal towns of Bergville [Ward Two] and uPhongolo were the most pounded by the storms."

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube sent a team of disaster management personnel to the area to assist those affected.

"In the area of Ukhahlamba [Bergville] the storm devastated the local Emmaus Hospital and patients had to be transferred to other nearby health facilities in Estcourt and Ladysmith," said Mabaso.

"It is believed that scores of houses were also damaged."

Dube-Ncube said disaster management teams were already on-site in Bergville, with the family of the lightning-strike victim having also been visited in the uPhongola area.

"Our teams are providing first line support and assisting a number of injured people," the MEC said.

"We will be assessing damage and providing material assistance to the community. Our thoughts are with the affected families who have lost their valuable possessions or their loved ones particularly in Uphongolo."

Government was determined to offer whatever assistance needed on the ground to the affected communities.

A joint operations committee comprised of officials from the provincial government and the affected municipalities has been established to provide emergency assistance.

Mabaso said, "It is expected that [a] high powered delegation of MECs responsible for disaster management in the province will visit the area of Bergville tomorrow to... [conduct a] detailed assessment of the damage."

- SAPA
Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  weather
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.