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City officials survey storm damage in Umgababa

The government and non-profit organisations have provided some relief to residents in ward 98 whose homes were damaged by the recent storm.

A WEEK after the storm that battered the areas between Amanzimtoti and Umgababa, life is far from returning to normal for many families as damage to their homes was extensive.

Also read: Storm damage in Ward 98 [Pictures]

eThekwini Municipality said the strong winds and heavy rains on June 3 damaged 30 homes in Ward 98.

On June 5, the city’s deputy mayor, Zandile Myeni and Nkosenhle Madlala, the municipality’s chairperson of the governance and human capital committee met with Ward 98 councillor, Arthur Mgobhozi, to assess the damage and talk to victims.

In a statement, eThekwini said victims have been provided with some relief, which includes building materials, grocery vouchers, blankets and mattresses.

“Although there were reported injuries, no deaths have been recorded in the area. eThekwini, the provincial government, and non-profit and non-governmental organisations are working together to provide more relief to affected families. Work to restore services is also underway,” it said.

One of the victims, Simphiwe Dimba, said he and his father have started rebuilding their house.

“We have bought roof tiles so that we are properly sheltered when the rains return. We still have to rebuild the garage wall that collapsed,” said Dimba.

Amateur video clips showing a tornado ripping through the ward have surfaced. Nkosinathi Xulu, a meteorologist from the University of Zululand is on record saying South Africa cannot detect tornadoes, which are being experienced more often because of climate change.



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