Eight dead in KZN storm

Eight dead in KZN storm

At least eight people have died in the massive storm which swept through KwaZulu-Natal.

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The provincial social development MEC Weziwe Thusi has confirmed the latest death toll at a press briefing.

She says further casualties can be expected - with several people reported missing.

The emergency medical services are doing the best they can. 

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"At this stage we have a total of eight deaths reported, which have been confirmed and verified. There are however reports of missing persons and further casualties cannot be ruled out," Thusi says.

She says two deaths were reported in the Nquthu Municipality.

An eight-year-old girl had been struck by lightning and a 46-year-old man drowned while crossing a river.

Thusi says the other six deaths were reported in the eThekwini Municipality.

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"A municipal worker died when a public toilet collapsed. A former police officer died when a container fell on his vehicle. A child died at school. Two Prince Mshiyeni patients died when a wall collapsed and a man died in Isipingo while trapped in a vehicle during flooding," the MEC confirms. 

Dozens of people have been injured.

Torrential downpour, hail and strong winds wreaked havoc in Durban on Tuesday.

Infrastructure damage is still being assessed.

Thusi says the damage includes flooded roads, 19 collapsed buildings and perimeter walls, blocked storm water drains, flooded buildings and homes and power outages as a result of damage to powerlines. 

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