KUSHONE abantu abayisithupha |KwaZulu-Natal beshaywa yizulu ngoMgqibelo ezehlakalweni ezimbili ezehlukene, eDumbe naseColenso. Isithombe: Gene Blevins

Durban - Three family members died after being hit by lightning near Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, paramedics said.

A 46-year-old mother, her nine-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old niece died when the lightning struck a house they were in, said Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert McKenzie.

“The woman's husband amazingly survived the incident,” he said.

This brings the total number of people killed by the lightning in the province to six, as three other people were also struck by lightning near Vryheid earlier on Saturday.

Two women, aged between 70 and 80, and a man, believed to be in his sixties, were confirmed dead at the scene, said McKenzie.

They were believed to have been in a house at the time. Three other women sustained serious injuries when they were struck by the lightning.

“Paramedics stabilised them on the scene before transporting them to the local eDumbe Community Health Centre,” said McKenzie.