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Hour-long hailstorm kills hundreds of ostriches in Aberdeen, South Africa

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An intense, hour-long hailstorm hit parts of the Eastern Cape on October 28, 2021, leaving at least 450 ostriches and other livestock dead on a farm in the district of Aberdeen.

"I’m 54 years old and I have never experienced a storm quite as severe as that, Grant Krige, the owner of the affected farm told IOL.

"We lost a whole lot of ostriches, about 450… the [hailstones] struck some of the birds' eyes and broke the necks of others. We also lost some of our goats and sheep, and the infrastructure was blown away by the storm," he said.

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