A Zambian Family based in Crompton, Durban of South Africa has tragically lost two of their children in a rain storm that affected the area and has claimed over 51 lives.

Mudslide and flooding caused by torrential rain have killed 51 people now in Durban and the Wider KwaZulu Natal Province, officials say with the death toll expected to rise.

Mr. Mesiya and Cynthia Phiri lost two sons identified as Emmanuel Phiri aged 6years and Brian Phiri aged 9years during the storm.

According to the information made available to the Zambia High Commission in Pretoria South Africa the children died during the storm when the roof of the house collapsed on them whilst sleeping in the bedroom with their parents.

Mr. Phiri who sustained heavy injuries was rushed to the hospital by his neighbours whist the children died on the spot.

The bodies of the two deceased children have since been taken to Pinetown Mortuary in Durban awaiting conclusion of police investigations and burial.

Mrs. Phiri who was also admitted to hospital following the high blood pressure resulting from the death of her two sons has also been discharged from Hospital together with the husband.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed shock at the news of the tragic incident .

Mr. Mwamba said the loss of the young lives is disheartening not only to the family but to the Zambian Community in that country.

He has since wished the bereaved family God’s strength and guidance during this difficult time.

This is contained in a statement issued by Naomi Nyawali, the First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa.

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  1. Sad development, condolences to the families. What is EM doing in SA? I thought he was redeployed to Ethopia, and wasted tax payers money for his lavish farewell party.


    • I agree and that I too have been wondering what he is doing in SA!! That said, the farewell party was not at taxpayers expense (at least not all of it) as those in attendance had to pay to do so. ZAR200 per head!


  2. Zambians living in Durban. Better eat half a loaf in your country then whole
    Loaf In foreign country.Why Zambians
    Struggling in South Africa can’t come
    Back then stay in South.


  3. Pepani. This is truly tragic.
    May the Lord console you and give you the strength to mourn your children.


  4. He’s still in sa coz government is broke all of them who have been deployed have not moved due to no funds.



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