Newcastle hit again

2009-12-12 00:00

NEWCASTLE has been hit by another storm. Thursday evening’s storm was the second in less than a month to cause damage.

On November 27, about 10 000 homes in Madadeni were damaged by a hail storm.

The Thursday storm affected about 100 homes on the Dicks Halt and Basworth farms.

The manager in the office of the Newcastle mayor, Thami ­Myeza, said that at Dicks Halt 20 homes were damaged. Two others, which housed 18 people, were completely destroyed.

At Basworth, seven homes were destroyed and others damaged. The disaster affected about 150 people.

“This time around it’s difficult to deal with the situation as the areas affected are rural. We are struggling to provide all of them with tents and blankets as we exhausted our resources during the November incident.

“We will try our best to provide for our people and we hope to receive assistance from some departments,” Myeza said.

The Welfare Department has promised to provide food parcels and 100 blankets.

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