Twenty South African medical students were forced to sleep at Paris airport after their flights were cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
The students are from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the North West and are part of a Cuban training programme.
KZN student Phumuzile Thwala told EWN that the airline they were travelling with failed to tell them that they would not be able to continue on to Cuba from Paris. They were provided with one night's accommodation and were then told to evacuate the place they were staying in.
"In July, we all went home for vacations and we were en route going back to Cuba and that is how we ended up in France. We left South Africa on Friday morning and on Sunday we were told to evacuate the accommodation we were given and we had been sleeping on the couch at the airport."
Hurricane Irma, which has caused tremendous devastation in the Caribbean, has already claimed 40 lives.