Thursday, April 20, 2006

200 left homeless after heavy hail storm

An estimated 200 people have been left destitute following a heavy hail storm in the Northern Cape. According to residents at Ganspan near Jan Kempdorp, shanties and trees were razed to the ground by the hail.

Strong winds also caused damage and the storm affected sections of Taung in the North West. Today residents picked up the pieces after the storm that struck just after 6am. It swept through an informal settlement. Leonard Maribe, one of the destitute, says he saw his home being blown away. Maribe says he was unable to hide inside the house as the hail came from all directions.

More than 70 shacks were destroyed and trees were uprooted. Residents say their properties were an easy target because they don't have proper housing. The Phokowane municipality is assessing the damage and has set-up a disaster management team to assist. SABC

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