eDumbe: two die in freak storm

2011-11-19 00:00

HEAVY storms accompanied by lightning in the eDumbe area near Paul­pietersburg in northern KwaZulu-Natal claimed two lives on Thursday and left thousands without homes.

Provincial disaster management head Mthokozisi Duze said the damage is stille being assessed

“The storm lasted about an hour, damaging cars and more than 2 000 houses” he added.

Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize said the violence of the storms is “proof that climate change is a reality”.

In a statement the premier expressed shock and disbelief that another severe weather pattern has claimed innocent lives, destroyed houses and left thousands of families destitute.

Bilanyoni and Mangosuthu villages, where a 13-year-old-girl and a farm worker were killed, were most badly affected.

Social workers and disaster management staff have been sent to look after orphans.

Mkhize said a provincial disaster management team has been dispatched to the area.

Wisani Maluleke, a forecaster with the Durban weather office, warned that similar storms can be expected.

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