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01 January 2012

Deadly storm hits KwaZulu-Natal

Durban - Two people have died and three are missing after a heavy storm in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal over New Year's Eve, the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs said on Sunday.

"One person was struck by lightning and another died as a result of flooding," said departmental spokesperson Lennox Mabaso.

He said a freak thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds had torn through the towns of uMsinga and uMvoti.

Search and rescue teams were continuing to look for the three missing people on Sunday.

The area has been devastated by flooding and damage to homes and other infrastructure.