Bulwer ‘in utter chaos’

2009-11-09 00:00

MEMBERS of a Bulwer community will need much psychological help to overcome the devastation they suffered on Friday night when a freak storm destroyed their homes, said the MEC for Social Development, Meshack Radebe, who visited the area yesterday.

Radebe, the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, and MEC for Human Settlement Maggie Govender visited the area to assess the damage.

The storm claimed one life, destroyed 182 homes and seriously injured 56 people as it battered Ward 9 of Ingwe Municipality.

An eyewitness called the storm a tornado, but the SA Weather Service said it could not pick up cyclone activity in the area on its satellite.

Several people were injured by flying debris or when houses collapsed. Among those seriously injured are three women aged between 50 and 65, one of whom sustained critical head injuries.

Radebe said Bulwer was in utter chaos. “Most of the houses here have collapsed. When we got here, there was a child who was distraught and will need psychological help because she was just sitting alone on top of the mud bricks that used to be her home and it was clear that mentally she was not alright.

“Many of the people affected by this will need a lot of counselling.”

Radebe said his department is distributing blankets and food parcels.


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