Church Wall Caves In During Mass Killing 13 In South Africa

More than a dozen are dead and 29 injured after a wall collapsed onto them at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in northern KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province.

Thirteen people were killed in a south eastern province of South Africa during an Easter service after a church wall collapsed on them late on Thursday following days of heavy rains and strong winds, authorities said on Friday.

A wall caved in at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dlangubo shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, according to Robert McKenzie, a spokesman for the province’s emergency medical services department.

Images of the aftermath of the church wall collapse. Image: Supplied

"There was a strong storm at the time but we can't be totally sure why the wall collapsed until the police are done with their investigations," McKenzie said.

At least twenty-nine people with injuries ranging from serious to minor were taken to hospital for treatment, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

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“There was an electrical storm in the area and it might have contributed,” McKenzie said of the disaster, which took place three days after a devastating fire ripped through the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and caused extensive damage to one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Twelve of those killed in South Africa were women and the thirteenth was a boy, according to Siphamandla Goge, a reporter with ENCA television who was in the village on Friday.

Pictures of the scene on the emergency services' Twitter page showed bricks and piles of debris strewn across the church floor, with pipes and pillars hanging from higher parts of the building.

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