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The KZN region is reeling from the impact of a severe storm that struck earlier this week. The natural disaster has resulted in the tragic loss of eleven lives and left over fifty individuals injured. Numerous homes and critical infrastructure across various parts of KZN have suffered significant damage.

The provincial government of KZN has committed to an extensive relief effort for the Tongaat community, located just outside Durban. This area was particularly hard-hit on Monday night when a tornado unleashed its fury, claiming seven lives. The destructive weather pattern included heavy rains and fierce winds, affecting five major districts: eThekwini Metro, Ilembe, King Cetshwayo, Umzinyathi, Amajuba, and Umkhanyakude.

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Tragic Loss of Life in Deadly KZN Storm

KZN cleans up after deadly storm
KZN cleans up after deadly storm-Image Source@X

In Tongaat, the collapsing of homes resulted in seven fatalities. Additional deaths were reported in Nquthu, Eshowe, and KwaHlabisa, bringing the total to eleven. Over fifty-five individuals sustained minor injuries and are receiving treatment in various hospitals. According to Nolana Ndlovu, spokesperson for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), approximately 120 people have been displaced, and three temporary shelters have been set up to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected.

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Relief and Recovery Efforts

Ndlovu stated that disaster response teams are actively assessing the damage while offering immediate relief. Efforts include accommodating displaced residents in government facilities. “The provincial government, through Cogta, has coordinated with disaster teams from the affected municipalities to provide temporary shelter for those in need. Public facilities have been designated as safe havens for impacted communities as assessments continue. Roads are being cleared with heavy machinery to ensure that rescue workers can access and assist the injured,” Ndlovu explained.

By Letho

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