Devastating storm hits Mount Ayliff, Eastern Cape

Tuesday, 19 January 1999

On this day in history, at least 22 people were killed and 4000 left homeless, when a severe storm hit Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The then Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister, Valli Moosa, issued a statement saying there was a chance the Eastern Cape region would be declared a disaster area. 10 children were among those who died when the storm hit the Mount Ayliff and in the Kokstad area.

References:
• Severe convective storm risk in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.  eprints.ru.ac.za. Accessed 13 January 2009.
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: Feite en Fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. (From Archive)

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