Powerful storms hammer Lesotho

Powerful storms hammer Lesotho
Powerful storms hammer Lesotho

Africa-Press – Lesotho. HEAVY storms lashed some parts of the country this week with powerful winds sweeping away roofs at some buildings. Several villages in the Southern part of the country including areas in the Maseru district were caught up in the storms.

Buildings at the Morija Nursing School, housed within the Scott Hospital premises, had the roofs to the buildings blown away, leaving students and teachers stranded.

The Principal, ’Makhabiso Ramphoma-Mabele told thepost that they had to hastily protect the equipment inside the classes and offices when the roof was blown away.

Ramphoma-Mabele said heavy rains with powerful winds blew away the roof adding that it was not easy to protect the school’s property. Although she could not quantify the damage as yet, she said at least four classrooms and an office were damaged.

“This has been a shock to us because we did not suspect that this building had some weaknesses. All we, especially me as a person, suspected was that the trees could fall on the building,” she said.

In the Northern parts of the country, along the Main North Road in Teya-Teyaneng Ha-Mphele the storms uprooted trees which fell on the road rendering the roads impassable.

Vehicles travelling between Leribe and Berea districts could not move freely. In Mohale’s Hoek, the rain was so much that torrents almost swept away a St Stephen’s High School building.

Other places in the Mohale’s Hoek town, the roads were soon transformed into fast flowing “rivers”. In Semonkong Ha-Phallang, lightning struck a hut belonging to an elderly couple where they were living with four orphans.

They all survived. The village chief said the couple depends on the old age pension and there is no guarantee that they will be paid this month because all their documents got burnt when lightning struck their house.

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