11 killed in South African storm in a month

2021-02-24 17:05:46 GMT2021-02-25 01:05:46(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- A total of 11 people have been killed by the rains in the past month in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province while others have been left homeless, a local official said on Wednesday.

Sipho Hlomuka, Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KZN, said the latest victim is a six-year-old girl who was struck by lightning on Tuesday in Maphumulo.

He said since Jan. 24, a total of 11 people have died as a result of storms while two are still missing. The missing two were an old man and his grandson who were both swept away by the "crocodile infested" Thukela river on Feb. 11. The local government have deployed a helicopter to help searching for the two.

"We appeal to all communities to be vigilant as our province continues to experience rough weather conditions which pose a significant risk to human life," he said. Enditem