AT 11 KILLED BY LIGHTNING IN SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCE IN PAST DAYS

At least 11 people have been killed by lightning in the eastern South African province of KwaZulu-Natal in less than two weeks.

In the latest incidents over the weekend, two teenagers were struck by lightning at Umhlabuyalingana Municipality, about 380 kilometres noth of here, while a 26-year-old man suffered the same fate in Umzimkhulu, about 160 kn southwest of here.

More than 80 households have been destroyed by a storm at the Umzimkhulu area.

On Sunday, the community of KwaMachi near Harding buried three members of the Nazareth Baptist Church who were killed by lightning last week whilst worshiping under a tree.

Four other people were struck by lightning at eMasamini and KwaMachi areas on Thursday. Three of the victims are from one family. Another person died at Ndwedwe, north of Durban, last week.

KwaZulu-Natal Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube warned communities to be on high alert during the storms.

Some community members from Umzimkhulu have been left homeless when their houses were destroyed by the storm. The government is providing the affected communities with lightning conductors.

Communities have been encouraged to exercise basic safety measures during the thunderstorms such as keeping away from trees and ensuring that they stay in houses that have enough ventilation

Source: SABC