RESIDENT: ‘I thought I was going to die inside my house’

2019-10-30 06:00
photoS: supplied Strong winds blew the roof off a house in Ntembisweni.

photoS: supplied Strong winds blew the roof off a house in Ntembisweni.

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FIVE families were left homeless after a windstorm destroyed their homes on Friday, October 25.

Residents from Ntembisweni, Mbuba, Njangabantu, and eMasimini were devastated after the force of nature left their homes roofless.

Resident Khonaliphi Ntuli said: “I thought I was going to die inside my house. I could see my house falling apart while I was inside. I ran out and tried to alert my other neighbours. When I walked out, the whole village was covered by dark clouds and the violent windstorm was moving very fast.”

Ward Councillor Siyabonga Hlophe said a report was submitted to uMvoti Municipality to assist the affected families.

“It was such an unfortunate incident. There were no injuries reported, but I would like to appeal to the residents who were affected to come forward and report to the municipality,” he said.

The head of Disaster Management, Fire and Rescue in uMvoti, Bheki Vilakazi, said a team visited the area to assess the damage.

“We compiled a report and thereafter it will be submitted to the uMzinyathi District. The district will send it to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) for further investigation,” said Vilakazi.

Authorities urged residents to practice caution, saying they are not sure when weather conditions would return to normal.

uMvoti Municipality spokesperson Phindile Phungula said in a statement: “Although the exact value of damage is yet to be established, the families living in these homes were left destitute with municipal disaster management having to step in and assist with relief.

“With no certainty as to when the weather will return to a calm and stable condition, all residents are urged to practice caution and motorists are advised to travel only if absolutely necessary.”

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