Mthatha hailstorm: Death toll rises to six deaths

The hailstorm in Mthatha has brought nothing but death and homelessness. Villages in the province’s political homeland have suffered the latest hailstorm of 2021.

As The South African reported, an all too similar disaster took place in Klerksdorp last month.

MTHATHA HAILSTORM: SIX DEAD, 19 HOSPITALISED

The tragedy’s fatal damage initially seemed minimal, but the death toll has risen to six deaths in Transkei villages.

Additionally, no less than 19 people have been transferred to the hospital for treatment of various injuries. Those who have suffered death or physical harm have been left with no food, no clothes, electricity, and clean water.

Survivors have now pleaded for government aid.

“The most important issue is that they must understand that we need shelter out of everything that has just happened, at least they should have provided shelter, whether it is temporary or permanent structures or whatever,” said Zukisani Ngolomane to SABC News.

“As taxpayers we always expect the government to do something, there is nothing they have provided. Every department has just come and passed by, nothing provided, even the institution for counselling.”

LOCAL MUNICIPALITY SCANS THE SCENE

According to the report, the local OR Tambo District Municipality’s Disaster Management wing, have made their way to the catastrophe.

The relevant assessment damage is currently applied while urgent help for heavily affected community members will follow in due course.

“We are on-site ever since this incident took place, we are busy gathering data so that we can be able to quantify the damage and also structure our interventions,” said Zimkhitha Macingwane, OR Tambo District Municipality spokesperson.

“We are going to have short-term interventions, medium and long-term interventions. But we are looking into making sure that people have temporal shelter.

“We will be working with various departments because we can not deal with this as the district municipality alone.”

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