13 congregants die as KwaZulu-Natal church building collapses

13 congregants die as KwaZulu-Natal church building collapses

Congregants who had gathered to herald in the Easter weekend were struck by tragedy as the church building housing them collapsed. 13 of the churchgoers were killed, with 16 people sustaining minor to serious injuries.

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The Pentecostal Church in Dlangubo, KwaZulu-Natal had gathered to celebrate Passover when a storm and heavy winds caused the building to collapse.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the provincial Cooperative Governance Department, commented that:ally lost their lives and a total of 29 people were transported to hospital.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the provincial Cooperative Governance Department commented that:

"A building that was being used by congregants belonging to the Pentecostal Church collapsed, leaving a total of 13 worshippers reportedly dead."

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According to News24, Provincial Disaster Management Centre officials are expected to accompany Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, to the site early this morning in an effort to plan support for the affected families.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Ballito and surrounding areas on the North Coast had experienced the brunt of the storm, with IPSS Medical Rescufour reporting a hectic night.

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Spokesman Paul Herbst confirmed that the teams had responded to 4 structural collapses, nine motor vehicle accidents and numerous flooding complaints.

“Residents were left with no electricity, as well as houses and other establishments flooded and personal belongings found up to 200m away from their residence, due to the strong winds.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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