13 killed, at least 29 hurt as church roof collapses in Durban

Some people who had gone for the Easter service were reportedly sleeping when the wall collapsed. [Courtesy]
The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains.

“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, spokesman for the provincial traditional affairs department.

“Such a tragedy. 13 fatalities 16 people treated by paramedics,” tweeted Robert McKenzie, spokesman for Kwa-Zulu Natal province’s emergency services.

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