5 people missing after KZN storm

2012-01-03 18:00

Durban - Five people were still missing after a storm flooded houses in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands areas of uMsinga and uMvoti on New Year's Eve, the provincial co-operative governance department said on Tuesday.

"Five people were missing and five people were confirmed dead," spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said.

One of the five killed was struck by lightning. The search was continuing with support of rescue workers.

Mabaso estimated that hundreds of houses were destroyed, but said the department was still quantifying the damage.

On Monday it was reported that 22 people were treated in hospital.

Provincial Premier Zweli Mkhize, on a visit to families left destitute, said he was worried that bodies were being found that did not match the identities of people reported missing, the SABC reported on Monday.

"That means we have a challenge in estimating the numbers of people that have died," he told the broadcaster.

A thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds tore through the area on Saturday.