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22 November 2011

Five die in Kwazulu Natal storms

By Noloyiso Mbalane

Hail, heavy rain and lightning have led to the deaths of five people as well as the displacement of many others in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.

Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube says they are also on high alert for the duration of this week.

She says places such as Paulpietersburg, Gingindlovu and Durban are being closely monitored as they're among the hardest hit regions.

Dube says they have visited the disaster stricken areas and are still trying to establish the cost of rebuilding homes for those who have had to be housed temporarily at community halls.

"We are continuing with our education campaigns, in terms of educating people about the dangers of lightning and what to do in case of a disaster as well as heavy rainfall. This also includes areas where there are rivers - to warn people who live in low-lying areas that there may be disaster pending [because of the heavy rain]."

Meanwhile the Durban Weather Office says more thunder storms can be expected in the province until Wednesday, with northern KwaZulu-Natal expected to be hardest hit.

- East Coast Radio