Three farm workers died after being struck by lightning near Gingindlovu in the Umlalazi Municipality.
The three – Emmanuel Mansango, 33, Lungile Nyawo, 28, and Khanyisile Mthembu, 40 – were killed during Tuesday night’s thunderstorm that struck the Passenham Farm, near Gingindlovu.
Spokesman for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Vernon Mchunu, said the three had been standing on a veranda when they were struck.
Mchunu said seven other workers were also hit and are recovering at the Eshowe Hospital.
This latest fatal strike comes less than a week after MEC Nomusa Dube launched a “Phepha, Be Disaster Wise” awareness campaign, which aims to reduce disaster-related deaths by half over the next five years as people become more aware of the ways to survive lightning, storms and fires.