A Storm in Eastern Cape has left An 81-year-old woman dead and at least 15 other people injured. This was as a result of the bizarre windy nature of the storm that swept through Ntabankulu‚ Mount Ayliff and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape yesterday.
During the storm, hundreds of homes in as many as 50 villages were damaged. The natural disaster also left about 12 families across the district homeless after their homes were destroyed by heavy rains‚ followed by gale-force winds.
The storm also destroyed a lot of bridges that link villages to the urban centres and some schools also suffered great damage during the storm.
District authorities who are currently visiting a lot of the affected villages said the damage caused by the storm in Eastern Cape possibly ran into millions of rand.
The representative of District municipal Ndabuko Masumpa said the 82-year-old deceased‚ Anna Sokoyi‚ from Nqalweni village in Mount Frere was sitting with her granddaughter in one of her houses when the building collapsed.
“She died after bricks fell on top of her‚” he said.
Masumpa indicated that the district’s disaster teams were still on the ground getting busy and trying to assess the damage sustained by the affected areas.
“According to preliminary reports‚ about 50 villages have been affected. We are still getting calls from frantic communities even now,” he explained.
He also pointed out that ambulances were finding it very hard to reach some of the affected villages to give medical support to some of the injured as many bridges had been washed away and debris littered everywhere.
This storm in Eastern Cape comes less than a week after another storm left a memorable trail of destruction in Mount Frere and Ntabankulu on Saturday.