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PICTURES: Tornado hits Tembisa

By Faeza
26 July 2016

While most of South Africa experience heavy rains, snow and hail, Tembisa, was hit by a small tornado.

The tornado hit the township located on the outskirts of Ekurhuleni on the afternoon of July 26.

  Tembisa is the second area to be hit by a tornado during the current cold front. The first one was recorded in Magaliesburg on July 25.   The of the tornado striking the township were posted by Boitumelo Monageng on Facebook.

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The following photos were obtained from the Intelligence Bureau SA  Facebook page

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Three people injured

Paramedics say three people have been injured after the roof of Phumulani Mall in Tembisa collapsed due to a heavy storm.

“Initially reports were received that several people were trapped under the rubble. However, upon a scene assessment, emergency workers only found three people with minor injuries,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

It is believed their injuries were caused by falling debris.

"Paramedics and rescue workers found debris scattered across the parking lot of the mall as well as twisted metal strewn at the entrance of the mall. Several vehicles were also damaged."

Vermaak added that fire and rescue teams conducted a full search of the area to ensure no one else was trapped. At this stage the teams have not found anyone else injured.

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon the mall's spokesperson, Godfrey Mashakgomo, said several people were injured when the roof collapsed during the storm. At the time, it was not known how many people were injured.

Source: News24