Violent storms have claimed the lives of 11 people in KwaZulu-Natal in the past month.
In the most modern incident, a six-year-mature girl died after she was struck by lightning outside her home in Maphumulo, in the north of the province, on Tuesday.
Sipho Hlomuka, co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC, dispatched a disaster management team to produce give a boost to to the wretchedness-afflicted family.
“The news we have acquired of but another lifestyles misplaced as a outcomes of inclement weather is devastating. We appeal to all communities to be vigilant as our province continues to expertise tough weather situations which pose a significant danger to human lifestyles,” he said.
“The province has misplaced 11 lives since the heavy storms struck on January 24. Two people are calm missing since they were swept off the uThukela Bridge between Kranskop and Nkandla on February 12.
“Search and rescue teams deployed a helicopter to assist with the search for Smakade Magwaza, 62, and his grandson Lwandle Magwaza, 8, who were swept away by the crocodile-infested uThukela River.”
The department said it continued to invest in additional disaster management capacity in municipalities “so that they can better answer to natural disasters and weather-related incidents”.
On Tuesday Hlomuka handed over a fully geared up fireplace and rescue car to the Ndwedwe municipality.
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