KwaHlabisa family distraught after losing home to Cyclone Eloise

KwaHlabisa family distraught after losing home to Cyclone Eloise

Cyclone Eloise has left a trail of destruction in KwaHlabisa, in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Khumalo family is now homeless after the heavy rains destroyed their home and many others in the area.

The matriarch of the family was distraught and could not speak to reporters.

Instead, she referred questions to her daughter, Sanele Khumalo.

Khumalo says they have gone to her grandmother’s house for shelter.

Member of the Ward 10 Committee in the Nkiwaneni area, Bhekinkosi Ngubane, has expressed concern at the family’s plight.

He says the situation is dire even at the home the Khumalos have moved to.

The South African Weather Service expects the rain to subside and things to return to normal soon.

Heavy rains continue to lash the Vhembe District

Heavy rains continue to lash the Vhembe District

Heavy rains continue to lash the Vhembe District in Limpopo due to tropical Cyclone Eloise, which has been downgraded to an overland depression.

The district spokesperson, Rudzani Ralushai, says although the cyclone was not as severe as it was anticipated, road infrastructures, bridges and houses in area, particularly in Tshakhuma Village, were damaged by heavy rains and floods, leading to the evacuation of some community members.

Ralushai says the electrical infrastructures were also damaged.

“We are happy with the response of the district disaster management team and the support coming from the department of social development in terms of food parcels in areas where community members are affected,” he says.

Ralushai has reiterated a call for residents to remain vigilant and avoid playing or crossing flooded rivers.

Mopani district

The cyclone has caused no major damages in the Mopani District.

Spokesperson Odas Ngobeni says some municipalities are currently experiencing light rain and some roads are flooded and damaged.

The Limpopo Department of Social Development is distributing relief to households that have been affected by the localised floods in the Vhembe and Mopani districts.

The spokesperson for the department, Witness Tiva, says: “Thus far, an assessment conducted by social workers and community development practitioners and other government officials identified 80 families with the majority in the Vhembe District. The affected are in the Thulamela, Collins Chabane, Musina, Makhado, and Greater Letaba local municipalities.”

The department is assisting families with parcels, dignitary packs, blankets and other basic amenities. There were no fatalities or injuries reported in both districts.