Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Heavy rain: Child drowns in Midlands

The body of a six-year-old child, who drowned after being swept away by a swollen river in the KZN Midlands following heavy rains, has been recovered.

Little Khetelo Madlala is believed to have been walking home from school yesterday afternoon in the Impendle area when he was swept away by the Nzinga river, which had burst its banks.

Meanwhile, in the Msinga area - near Greytown - four other people are also believed to have lost their lives due to the downpour.

Disaster management teams are assessing the damage in the area.

The Umgungundlovu district municipality's Mdu Nxumalo says teams are also assisting 11 families who've been affected by heavy rains in Impendle.

Nxumalo says two homes in the area were also struck by lightning last night.

"There were no injuries, no fatalities [in the lightning strike]," Nxumalo said. "There are teams on site doing a damage assessment."

- East Coast Radio News

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