50 houses damaged by storm

2012-01-04 13:03

A hailstorm damaged 50 houses, caused trees to be uprooted and a power failure in eMondlo, northern KwaZulu-Natal today.

“There was a hailstorm at about 4pm yesterday. Some of the houses were completely destroyed and others were left without a roof,” Patience Khaba, AbaQulusi municipality mayor said today.

Authorities were assessing the damage with the department of co-operative governance.

“Families that have lost their homes have been placed in temporary shelter while we wait for assistance from the department of human settlements,” she said.

The municipality was working on restoring power in the area.

At the weekend, five people went missing when a storm flooded houses in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands areas of uMsinga and uMvoti on New Year’s Eve.

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