KZN on alert after severe weather

2015-02-07 18:20

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Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) are on high alert after five people were killed in hail storms across the province.

"Our disaster management teams are ready to intervene should the need arise," said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube on Saturday.

"We're monitoring the weather situation in the entire province closely and we will act swiftly when called upon to do so."

Five people, including a baby, were killed overnight in parts of KZN during the severe weather conditions, the province's Emergency Medical Services said earlier.

Extensive damage

In Umlazi, south of Durban, two people were killed and three others injured in separate incidents when two informal shacks collapsed on Friday night, said spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.

In Mariannhill, one person was killed and another was critically injured when their mud dwelling collapsed in a heavy downpour.

Mckenzie said two other people were killed in Pietermaritzburg when their houses were struck by lightning. One was a five-day-old baby girl from Sweetwaters and the other was a 77-year-old man from Taylors Halt.

"There were also several reports of severe hailstorm in the Pietermaritzburg, Stanger and Ixopo areas, which caused extensive damage to houses and vehicles," he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the department was assessing the extent of the damage.

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