KZN community counts cost of freak storm

2014-03-18 12:22
Octogenarians Hlulekike Chonco (left) and friend Nomusa Ngcobo try to repair the damage caused to their home by a freak storm that ripped through the Emmaus area near Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal. (Claudine Senekal, Sapa)

Octogenarians Hlulekike Chonco (left) and friend Nomusa Ngcobo try to repair the damage caused to their home by a freak storm that ripped through the Emmaus area near Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal. (Claudine Senekal, Sapa)

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

kalahari.com

Durban - Residents and officials were on Tuesday counting the cost of a freak storm that ripped through the community of Emmaus in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the province's MECs would be visiting the area, about 15km from Bergville.

He said the storm that struck shortly after 17:00 on Monday had put the 156-bed Emmaus hospital out of action.

Patients had been transferred to other provincial hospitals with some going as far afield as Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, some 200km away.

One person was killed in the storm and scores of properties, houses and a school were damaged in the storm that some residents said lasted less than 10 minutes.

Octogenarian Hlulekike Chonco said: "The skies were just black and there were strong winds. We just held on to each other and prayed."

Chonco and fellow octogenarian Nomusa Ngcobo fled with Chonco's granddaughter Nondumiso to a shack when the roof of their house blew off.

Another woman, Hlengiwe Mhlanga, who was cutting wood from a tree uprooted in the storm, said she was grabbing the wood as she was without electricity.

"Everything is wet, including the panties I am wearing," she said.

Pupils and parents could be seen viewing the damage to Bambazi High School, that had its roof ripped off.

Mabaso said one person was killed by lightening in uPhongolo and another 18 were reported to have been injured.

He said the department, which was responsible for disaster relief in the province, would issue another statement later on Tuesday.
- 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
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. 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

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....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.