Durban - 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.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said an inquest docket had been opened, and confirmed 12 of the 13 people killed in the collapse were women, while the 13th was a boy.
"The congregants were sleeping in the building after the church service ended just after 10pm. There was heavy wind and rain and the walls collapsed. The 13 confirmed dead are 12 women and one boy. An inquest docket has been opened and police are still at the scene," she said.
The Police Search and Rescue unit was on the scene searching for survivors.
The church building collapse happened at the Pentecostal Church in Ndlangubo, near Richards Bay, on the KZN north coast.