Five die as storm whips Durban


Durban, 28 February 2016 - Four people have reportedly been killed in flood-related incidents around Durban. However, the eThekwini City officials can only account for one death in Westville.

DURBAN - Durban was on Saturday counting the cost of a storm that left at least five people dead and a dozen injured.

The storm that ripped through the Durban area on Friday night delivered a deluge of rain and hail with strong winds that uprooted trees and collapsed walls.

One of those walls collapsed in Durban’s Westville suburb, killing a 55-year-old man.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said paramedics on the scene were informed that the man, another adult and two teenagers went to inspect the wall before it collapsed.

“‎At this stage it is not clear if they suspected damage to the wall and thus went to investigate. The wall collapsed on the man and pinned him under the rubble and water for some time.”

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Service (EMS) spokesman Robert McKenzie said two people were killed in a lightning strike in Verulam, while another two were killed in a lightning strike in Mayville.

‎He said EMS paramedics attended to at least another 13 people injured as a result of walls collapsing, roofs being blown off or collapsing, and trees falling on them.

On Saturday morning residents across the region could be seen removing branches that had fallen on fences, driveways, and roofs. Roads were littered with debris from the storm and numerous roads bore soil deposited by the water.

Shoppers at Durban’s Pavilion Shopping centre had to walk through water to get to shops and movies.

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