New Year's eve KZN storm kills 5, 4 missing

2012-01-02 20:27

Johannesburg - Five people have been confirmed dead following extreme weather that brought high winds and floods to the KwaZulu-Natal midlands areas of uMsinga and uMvoti on New Year's Eve, SABC radio news reports.

Four remained missing and 22 were being 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.

"That means we have a challenge in estimating the numbers of people that have died," he said on air.

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

One of the five dead was struck by lightning.

There was also damage to homes and infrastructure.

National Freedom Party spokesperson Nhlanhla Khubisa said it hoped that the Umzinyathi district, working in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal government, would declare the uMsinga and uMvoti disaster areas.

  • anneke.vanschoor - 2012-01-03 08:52

    Hats off to the police search and rescue team that helped there. We were on our way to visit friends just past grey town on sunday when we arrived on a very bad accident scene where a chev left the road and rolled multiple times, I was first to administer first aid to two of the 5 people involved in the crash shortly after we stopped the S&R team arrived on the scene and also helped with grate dedication. The two males where badly injured with severe facial injuries on the one and internal bleeding in the other. I spoke to the driver a very upset female saying they were on there way to uMisinga as her mother is one of the people who died in the floods. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family

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