Residents of Ennerdale community in Johannesburg had their worst night as dozens of houses were destroyed by a Tornado.
The violent wind which was described as minor, left residents of the suburb of Johannesburg devastated as over fifty homes and other properties were badly damaged and one person was left injured.
“It was really hectic,” said Emergency Service spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi, who watched it twist its way through the suburb between 6pm and 7pm.
“It was a very strong wind, very volatile. Things were flying around in a circle,” he said. “One person was hit by a piece of zinc.”
The minor tornado happens to be another natural disaster that had befallen the country after a flash flood that had nearly six people killed and a little girl missing.
Though residents were warned by the SA weather service, emergency services were on standby, even as they braced themselves for yet another potential weather disaster after last week’s catastrophic flash floods.
“We’re appealing to any other communities out there who might have been affected to call our emergency call centre on 011 375 5911, so that we can access their households,” Mulaudzi said.
“Most of those houses had their roofs damaged and also some walls collapsed. So today (Tuesday) we’ll be going back together with our Disaster Management officials to assess the other areas which we didn’t manage to cover last night,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma will be visiting families affected by last week’s flash floods near the Jukskei River in Alexandra.
Zuma will be accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura even as displaced persons are urged not to rebuild their homes in the same place.
Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza visited the area on Monday and said its long-term plan is to relocate the residents.
“Looking at an alternative space where the people who are still there can actually be relocated. But that’s the decision of the MEC for Human Development,” Mayathula-Khoza said, adding that the department is working with the Department of Human Settlements.