Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Sterkspruit hailstorm leaves 10 families homeless (3 February 2013)

A HAILSTORM left about 10 families homeless in Silindini village in Sterkspruit on Sunday, 3 February 2013.

Some villagers came back home from church to find the roofs of their homes ripped off by the strong winds. No injuries were reported.

Resident Madlamini Ndlengezwe said: “My furniture has also been damaged. I don’t know what to do. My bedroom suite is damaged and my house is destroyed. This is a black Sunday!”

The villagers said the hailstorm moved through the village fast. It hit at 2.30pm and in 20 minutes it had trail of destruction.

Christopher Zingithwa said he was lucky to have escaped unscathed after the roof of his two-room flat was blown away. He was in bed at the time and a brick fell onto it, missing him.

“I am unemployed and do not have money to fix it. I am left with a roofless left a house,” he said.

Senqu Municipality Ward 18 councillor Benjamin Ngongodo confirmed at least 10 homes were destroyed.

Mayor Nozibele Mtyhali said as soon as they received a full report on the matter they would forward it to the Joe Gqabi District Municipality for assistance.

- Daily Dispatch

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