Severe thunderstorms hit Eastern Cape, killing 6 people and damaging more than 1,000 homes, South Africa

Severe thunderstorms that hit the Eastern Cape province of South Africa over the past few days have killed at least six people and damaged more than 1,000 homes.

The latest areas affected by the storms were the municipalities of Amatole, Raymond Mhlaba, Amahlati and Buffalo City.

The storms hit just as residents in the OR Tambo area were packing up after last week’s severe thunderstorms in the region that killed six people and left 142 others homeless.

After Monday’s latest storms, which brought hail, excessive lighting and strong destructive winds, the number of damaged homes exceeded 1,000.

According to Imtiaz Suliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, the number of homes affected by the storm may be higher because not everyone has been reached yet.

“In addition to homes, businesses, 14 clinics and three hospitals were affected by the hurricane. The devastation is huge, so we’re starting with the essentials. Sometimes people just want to be comforted and told that something is being done,” Suliman told Newzroom Afrika.

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