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7 Feb 2015
9:52 am

Five killed in KZN during bad weather


Five people, including a baby, were killed overnight in parts of KwaZulu-Natal during severe weather conditions, the province's Emergency Medical Services said on Saturday.

An informal settlement. Picture: Michel Bega.

In Umlazi, south of Durban, two people were killed and three others injured in separate incidents when two informal shacks collapsed on Friay night, said spokesman Robert Mckenzie.

In another incident a tree had fallen on a shack. Mckenzie was unable to clarify if anyone was injured or killed in this incident.

In Mariannhill, one person was killed and another critically injured when their mud dwelling collapsed during a heavy downpour.

Mckenzie said another two people were killed in Pietermaritzburg when their houses were struck by lightning. One was a five-day-old baby girl from Sweetwaters, and the other was a 77-year-old man from Tailors Halt.

“There were also several reports of severe hailstorm in the Pietermaritzburg, Stanger and Ixopo areas, which caused extensive damage to houses and vehicles,” he said.

No further information was available.