MASERU — Lesotho’s only up-market shopping centre, Pioneer Mall, was plunged into chaos last Friday when a hailstorm pounded Maseru forcing the roof to cave in.
Business was halted temporarily as water flooded some shops.
The Lesotho Times witnessed staffers battling to sweep water out of their shops.
Workers in one furniture shop said they had to move to another building which is still under construction after their shop was flooded.
The workers said the ceiling in their shop collapsed resulting in water flowing through the roof damaging some of their stock.
“However, we were able to quickly save a great deal of the furniture by taking out some of it,” said one staff member who requested anonymity.
Thato Pekeche, the Pioneer Mall marketing manager acknowledged there was an “incident” at the mall but added the damage and disruption to business was minimal.
Pekeche blamed the flooding on the current renovations and extensions being done at the mall’s new wing.
“We have people walking on the roof-top hammering and doing all sorts of work that strains the building, so it is no great deal that the building leaked as it did,” she said.
Pekeche said they had not received any complaints or claims from their clients “because people are insured here . . . besides there was not much damage done to the facilities”.