South African church partially collapses, killing 13

KwaZulu-Natal government officials are en route to Ndlangubo where the Easter long weekend has started in tragedy, with a building collapse killing 13 worshipers.

Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. The norm according to Reverend Phiwayinkosi Sibiya, is that women sleep separately from males during the church service.

Six people were seriously hurt and another ten were treated for more minor injuries on Thursday night at the Pentecostal Church in Dlangubo, 85 miles north of Durban. A local police spokesperson linked the tragedy to heavy rainfall in the area on Thursday night.

"A building that was being used by congregants belonging to the Pentecostal Church collapsed, leaving a total of 13 worshippers reportedly dead."

He offered the party's condolences to the families of the victims. "We are further urging those who will be travelling to further away places for Good Friday service, to be vigilante on the road ensuring a safe return to their respective homes", he said. "We pray that the Lord Almighty extends His hand to comfort them and soothe their wounds at this hard time", she said.

"It is an act of nature, an act of God", municipal official Lennox Mabaso said.

"It was a heavy storm that affected this area".

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