The recent rains that fell in KwaZulu-Natal were both a blessing and a burden. It brought some relief to drought affected areas but it also left many families destitute.

The heavy rains that fell in the province this week caused flooding in some areas, killing livestock, ruining homes and devastating crops.

An estimated 30 families were affected they now face a bleak festive season. Resident Thokozile Mthembu says: “There were heavy winds that day and I was lying down when I heard my two room house collapse. I woke up to check what was happening; I saw the damage to my house.”

Municipal manager Nkosiyezwe Vezi says: “Surely we won’t be able to build houses before Christmas so there will be temporal structures that will be put up to help them so that they have proper roofs above their heads but also we will  be providing them with other necessities.”

Disaster teams are still assessing the extent of the damage they say no fatalities were reported.

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