400 houses damaged in quake

Orkney - At least 400 houses have been damaged by the earthquake that hit the area of Orkney in the North West on Tuesday, Premier Supra Mahumapelo told reporters.

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"We have heard of 400 houses that have been affected in the area," said Mahumapelo.

The earthquake was felt in most parts of the country with the epicentre in the Orkney area. Mahumapelo said other parts of the North West were also affected but the township of Khuma in Orkney was the hardest hit.

"The preliminary report is that the problem is bigger in Matlosana," he said.

Mahumapelo said he was in a meeting in Mahikeng when the earthquake struck and buildings had to be evacuated. Upon hearing of the destruction, he rushed to the area to see first-hand the kind of damaged caused.

He said it was the responsibility of government to assist those affected.

"It is the responsibility of government to make sure we take care of our people. I have spoken to the Matlousana municipality along with the provincial departments of safety, local government and finances to see how best the people can be assisted," he said.

Mahumapelo met two women whose houses were destroyed and assured them that government would provide a place of safety for them and their families to sleep for the night.

He told Mamosa Melato who was inside her house when parts of it collapsed that a plan would be made regarding how best to rebuild their lives and houses.

Melato said she and her husband were both unemployed and could not afford to rebuild their house.

Anti-Establishment 2014-08-05 08:12:05 PM
Mageba 2014-08-05 08:15:55 PM
The one thing that Africa had going for it, no volcanos, no earthquakes... But wait...!
Andrew Terr 2014-08-05 08:20:36 PM
Did the RDP houses hold out?
Lawrence Thabede 2014-08-05 08:21:19 PM
I wish all the church leaders can organise a special prayer for that area this is scarey because you donnot know what if it cames again.
Mark Hicks 2014-08-05 08:24:45 PM
Let's wait for the commission of enquiry about this earthquake. Just like the lightning.
Lucky Tiva 2014-08-05 08:27:45 PM
The clock is ticking fast.
Paul Dennis Murison 2014-08-05 08:28:23 PM
Is the NW not were a lot of the crime is... Strange!
Lawrence Thabede 2014-08-05 08:36:34 PM
Masisondele kuThixo bakwethu we do not know when is gonna fetch us.
Sammy F. Simegi 2014-08-05 08:37:03 PM
I cannot WAIT to see how this awesome ANC government deals with this. Grab your popcorn because it's probably apartheid's fault.
Sgananda Shukulase KaZokufa 2014-08-05 08:41:21 PM
I think the religious leaders and all of us shuld pray for Africa and SA in particular.