13 congregants die as KwaZulu-Natal church building collapses

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20 April, 2019

A church in South Africa collapsed Thursday, killing at least 13 people.

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.

"The roof of the building collapsed because of heavy rains last night ... at this point, we have a total of 13 fatalities", said Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Department.

Most of the victims were reportedly women sleeping in the church.

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"An inquest docket has been opened and police are still at the scene".

Reports say, officials believe heavy rains caused the front wall to collapse at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ndlangubo, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

She confirmed that preliminary information indicated that 13 people were killed, while 11 were taken to the Ngwelezane Clinic for minor treatment and a further five who were critically injured were admitted to Ngwelezane hospital. "We are here to pray with the church, to pray with the families and to offer our support that God may really heal their wounds". "We pray that the Lord Almighty extends His hand to comfort them and soothe their wounds at this hard time", she said.

Oliphant on behalf of national government said it was a "devastating tragedy" that lives were lost in a church during a Passover service.


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