13 Died In South Africa As Church Wall Collapses During Easter Service

Front wall Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ndlangubo, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province collapse, No fewer than 13 people have died and many were injured.

The rural church on South Africa’s eastern coastline was filled with congregants Thursday night for the start of a Passover service to begin Easter week events.

Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall on Thursday night. Local reports said some people had been sleeping when the brick wall fell.

A preliminary investigation cited the heavy rains as a primary factor in the structural collapse. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu called for an investigation into the safety of the building.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is a member of the church and was planning to attend the Good Friday service there. She has arrived at the scene and said: “Even at this difficult time, we still need to trust in God.”

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