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Huge hail damages homes in KZN

By Sapa | Dec 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

The homes of more than 300 residents in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, have been damaged by large hail stones

A new storm moved into the area on Monday, an NGO said.

“The plastic sheeting we provided to affected residents to seal their roofs has been blown away,” said Al-Imdaad Foundation project co-ordinator Abed Karrim.

“The houses are being flooded. People are in a state of shock at the damage the storm is causing.” 

The storm tore through Ladysmith and surrounding areas such as Acaciavale, Ntombi’s Camp and Steadville on Sunday night.

“This was followed by a heavy downpour, which in turn damaged people’s belongings,” said Karrim.

The foundation was distributing blankets and mattresses, and providing hot meals to the affected.

Earlier, co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube said KwaZulu-Natal would need millions of rands to help those hit by hail storms in some parts of the province.

She led a disaster management team who provided assistance to those left homeless on Monday.

Dube told residents disaster management was monitoring the weather, saying the province was on full alert and ready to act.

“This was indeed an intense storm judging by the severity of damages.

“We need everyone in the spirit of ubuntu to make a contribution...it is time for humanity to unite.” 

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They must make a ceremony for Shaka Zulu. KZN and EC are normally the provinces that are hard hit by extreme weather conditions. I wanted to take a trip to Durbs this weekend, what if we get stuck on the road because of damaged roads.

Dec 11, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies

i wonder who got the tender for this hail stones

Dec 11, 2012 12:58 | 0 replies

Zuma's house in Nkandla is hail-proof..

Dec 11, 2012 1:5 | 0 replies

the weather nawadays is severe, everytime it rained you think of large hail, my windscreem was smashed by this hail when it hit two months back. the weather is behavng abnormal, what went wrong?

Dec 11, 2012 1:29 | 0 replies

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Zuma's house in Nkandla is hail-proof..
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LOL I always knew that Nkandla will always included in this topic

Dec 11, 2012 1:46 | 0 replies

@ Seja Bana windSCREEM NE! khwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Dec 11, 2012 5:19 | 0 replies

- other countries have volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados, whirlpool, etc

- on discovery, there was a guy who is a lightning/ thunder chaser (extreme thunder)..........so weather is weather people regardless location or co-ordinates

Dec 11, 2012 8:35 | 0 replies