Wind wreaks havoc Wind wreaks havoc

2016-11-02 06:00
Thabang Mathinya assessing the damage to his sister’s house.

Thabang Mathinya assessing the damage to his sister’s house.

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Scores of residents within Bloemfontein are counting the huge cost of damage to their property after a gusty wind wreaked havoc in the city in the early hours of Tuesday (01/11). The strong wind left a trail of damage to homes and shack dwellers in certain areas of Bloemfontein.

The devastation of the wind, accompanied by dark clouds of dust, was visible as streets were strewn with branches and debris. There was also widespread power disruptions in the city and employees of the power supplier Centlec were spotted hard at work restoring power to several areas by yesterday.

The gusty wind has left the less fortunate in a dire situation.

Mpho Pule, who resides at house no. 2996 in Polar Park in Bloemfontein, escaped unharmed with her three children as the wind blew off the entire roof of her house. They managed to find refuge at the house of a neighbour.

Pule relived their miraculous escape.

“It happened so quickly. My daughter had just woken up and went to inspect what was happening. The entire roof was gone and there was no light, as the power had been interrupted. There was a strong wind accompanied by dust. We struggled to find our way out of the house. We screamed for help and my neighbour in the opposite house came rushing to assist. It was sheer luck that we could find the keys to open the door and run for cover, otherwise, we could have been seriously injured in the process.”

The roof of house number 2997, next door to Pule, was also blown off completely.

There were no occupants in the house when the incident occurred. Thabang Mathinya, brother of the house owner, was speechless when he discovered that the the roof was gone. Both house owners could not say what the exact damage to their properties was. Some of Pule’s movables have also been damaged.

The floors of the two houses were soaked in water from the broken pipes.

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