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2016-02-25 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Nhlalwane Primary in Umzumbe (back) had its roofs torn off during the storm.

PHOTO: supplied Nhlalwane Primary in Umzumbe (back) had its roofs torn off during the storm.

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A TOTAL of 371 homes and 10 schools were affected by thunderstorms and gale-force winds last weekend in the district.

The most affected areas fall under Umzumbe Municipality, Hibiscus Coast and Umuziwabantu Municipality in Harding. Four people are confirmed to have lost their lives in the process.

In Umzumbe three schools and 90 homes were left without roofs after a thunderstorm struck last Thursday. In Oshabeni, the storm also took the life of a 14-year-old boy, Andile Hlangu.

The youngster was found dead in his home near a stove. Evidence indicates he was hit by a lighting bolt while preparing food.

Learning has been severely disrupted at Nomageje Primary, Nhlalwane Primary and Dubandlela High schools.

Hibiscus Coast and Umzumbe Municipalities responded quickly to the incidents and the damage assessed.

HCM mayor councillor Nomusa Mqwebu said she was saddened by the incident and visited the Hlangu family giving them blankets, sponge mattresses and groceries.

“We are very saddened by what happened to this family. Pray to God that the family accepts and stays strong in this difficult time,” said Mqwebu.

Umzumbe mayor Sydney Gumede also visited the three affected schools in his municipality.

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