Published: Fri, April 19, 2019

13 killed, at least 29 hurt as church roof collapses in Durban

KwaZulu-Natal government officials are en route to Ndlangubo where the Easter long weekend has started in tragedy, with a building collapse killing 13 worshipers. Emergency personnel said almost three dozen people were injured, at least six critically.

The 13 congregants who were killed when a KwaZulu-Natal church collapsed had been asleep at the time of the incident, police revealed on Friday.

Multiple people sustained minor injuries from the storm, including being cut by broken glass, medics said.

This incident happened after their church building collapsed on them during a Passover service, the state-run South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, said in its report.

Thirteen worshippers have been killed after the wall of a church where they were taking part in Passover prayers collapsed on top of them.

A preliminary investigation cited the heavy rains as a primary factor in the structural collapse.

COGTA MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and officials are reportedly making their way to the scene.

The disaster management team will assess the situation in order to devise a plan to deal with the tragedy and pay their respects to the families of the victims.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, a member of the church, had been planning to attend the Good Friday service.

Speaking from the scene, she said: "Even at this hard time, we still need to trust in God".

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