‘No more heavy rain expected’ - SA Weather Service

2017-09-28 06:00
Pastor Mboneni Bixi tries to fix the remaining structure of the church. Photo: andile sithole

Pastor Mboneni Bixi tries to fix the remaining structure of the church. Photo: andile sithole

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A TRAIL of destruction, caused by heavy rain in KwaZulu-Natal, left residents homeless and several injured over the weekend, however, the SA Weather Service said no more heavy rain is expected this week.

More than five homes were affected in Umbhayi Informal Settlements and homes and religious sites in Tongaat. Although no injuries were reported in Tongaat and Verulam, five people were injured in Durban.

The roof of the Holy Apostolic Church in Christ in Umbhayi Informal Settlements was blown off and Pastor Mboneni Bixi said as a result Sunday’s church service was cancelled

“I was at home when I heard people screaming outside. My house was shaking too and I could not move because I feared for my life. The neighbours alerted us that the church’s awnings were falling apart. I went [to the church and] saw that the roof had been blown away by the wind.

“The awnings from the church fell on top of another house that is near our church.”

Bixi appealed to local businesses and the public to donate awnings to help rebuild the church.

“We lost everything - chairs, tables and equipment that we kept at the church. We have a membership of 60 and with that number of devotees we will not be able to rebuild the church on our own.

“These awnings were donated by
the former ward councillor, Michael

Bixi said no one was injured when the awnings fell on the neighbouring house.

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa Prem Balram said officers responded to numerous storm-related incidents in Verulam, Tongaat and Phoenix.

Several cars were damaged, and one uprooted tree fell on a car in Mount Edgecombe.

Ward 58 councillor Geoff Pullan said duplex flats in Hammonds Farm, Waterloo were damaged.

“A large portion of tiles from some of the duplex flats were blown off. In Canelands a supermarket was affected, but no injuries were reported.”

Pullan said he attended to another call in Thuthukani Informal Settlements where a huge tree had fallen on a house and entirely damaged it

“No one was injured, but the house was badly damaged. I reported all these incidents to the Human Settlements Department and Disaster Management.”

Power supply was interrupted in other parts of Durban and townships on the North Coast.

“I received a call from residents in Magwaveni reporting that they had no power for two days in their ward.

“I will contact the relevant department to have the power restored in these [affected] areas.”

Thandiwe Gumede for SA Weather Service said: “No more heavy rain is expected in KZN this week. However, the forecast can change during the course of the week depending on the atmospheric conditions. On Thursday [today] there is a 30% [chance] of showers and thundershowers in the north. On Friday [there is a] 30% [chance] showers and thundershowers, 60% of showers and thundershowers along the coast and on Sunday [there is a] 30% [chance] of showers in the east mainly in the morning.”



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