Families left without shelter, businesses suspend trading after freak storm in Pietermaritzburg

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Luise Lydia (53) points to her missing roof.
Luise Lydia (53) points to her missing roof.
Moeketsi Mamane

It’s not going to be a merry Christmas for dozens of Pietermaritzburg residents who will be spending the weekend repairing their homes after they were damaged during a hailstorm.

Wednesday’s dreadful storm, which was accompanied by strong winds and massive hailstones, left a devastating trail of destruction and a number of families without shelter. Some businesses had to suspend trading.

In most parts of the city, trees were uprooted, branches fell on the roads, vehicles were damaged, roofs of houses were blown away, homes were flooded and windows were broken by the hail. Electricity sub-stations were also damaged.

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