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Freak storm destroys more than 30 houses in Eastern Cape leaving families homeless

A freak hailstorm caused a massive destruction wave in the Eastern Cape village of Sterkspruit were it destroyed no fewer than 30 houses. 

The devastating storm at Senqu municipality’s ward 2 left the Kwagcina village community devastated.

Residents watched as their roofs were blown off their homes, with some houses collapsing during the storm on Friday.

Senqu mayor Nomvuyo Mphoselwa on Sunday said the lashing rain also uprooted trees and saw electricity poles falling over.

“We have one village that was badly affected by the hail storm. Twenty families did not have a place to sleep that day, but we quickly dispatched our teams from disaster department to assess the impact the storm may have had.

“Eskom was also here to try to handle the electrical wires that were damaged from this, so they could prevent any potential dangers to residents because of electric wires that were out in the open. They have promised those wires will be reinstalled by Tuesday.

“We have been under heavy rains this past week and unfortunately this has caused damage to some of our people.”

Mphoselwa said the municipality had prepared to house affected homeowners in the local community hall.

“We had to find alternatives for people who are now without homes. This is a rural area, so some of them have gone to live with family members and friends, but we have made the community hall available.”

Affected resident Reitumetse Letsika, who lives with three other family members, said their entire home was destroyed

Source: https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2021-10-04-heavy-storm-wreaks-havoc-in-sterkspruit-village/

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