Storm causes widespread damage to Mbombela, leaves several families without roofs

A storm that swept through Mbombela and the surrounding area on Saturday evening, October 2, caused damage to several structures and led to prolonged power outages in several places.

The city of Mbombela said in a statement it was still assessing damage after the devastating storm.

“The Ehlanzeni region is still reeling from the effects of the extreme storm that has hit certain parts, leaving some areas without power and some families without shelter,” the statement said.

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A preliminary assessment by the municipality has shown that damage has been caused to the following structures:
• Tekwane South: The roof of one RDP house was blown off, as well as that of two formal and one informal structure. An informal structure completely collapsed.
• Ward 22, Pienaar: The roofs of 12 houses were blown away.
• Ward 14, Pienaar: The roof of a formal building was blown off and a tree fell on an informal building.
• Ward 31, outside KaBokweni: The roofs of a house and a school block were blown off.
• Ward 26: A total of 18 houses, both RDP and formal, were damaged by blown-off roofs.

The Provincial Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) confirmed that preliminary assessments had been carried out by the Municipality of Ehlanzeni, together with volunteers from the Red Cross and the Disaster Management Center of the City of Mbombela.

According to Cogta, about 55 houses in the city and some parts of Thaba Chweu municipality were damaged.

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“All affected families reportedly in need were provided with tarpaulins, blankets and gel heaters.”

The South African Weather Service recorded 26 millimeters of rain at the RMI airport and 13 millimeters in Mbombela in the 24-hour period ending October 3 at 08:00.

Several areas were also without electricity for a long time after the storm. According to Thea Rix of the Mbombela Electricity, Water Roads and any Service Delivery Information Facebook group, power has been restored in most parts of Mbombela, although some areas are still affected by power outages.

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