Strong winds in KZN damage over 100 houses



More than 100 houses in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been destroyed by heavy winds.

The strange winds tore the region apart on Monday night.

The provincial co-operative governance & traditional affairs (Cogta) department said the natural incident injured one person and disaster management teams were able to assist over 350 people in the greater Greytown area.

Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka has advised the residents to be very careful following a stern warning from the SA Weather Service of the possible risk of veld fires.

However, Hlomuka has appealed to the disaster management teams to be on high alert.

“We are appealing to our communities to take great caution as veld fires pose a serious risk to human life.

“This weekend our teams responded to an incident in Nkandla when 20 houses were destroyed by runaway fires.

“We are appealing to all residents to take the necessary precautions, which include not making fires in open areas.

“We are also appealing to smokers to appropriately dispose of cigarette butts,” said Hlomuka.

Hlomuka also addressed those that uses generators and braziers to use them safely.