2 killed as tornado tears through Free State

2012-06-23 22:44
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Tornadoes struck the Free State

2012-06-25 08:24

At least two people have been killed and hundreds left homeless after tornadoes struck the Free State and Gauteng over the weekend. Watch the local community retell the experience. WATCH

Cape Town - Two people were killed and many others injured when a tornado ripped through the Free State on Saturday night.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said in a statement that the “tornado moved off the dam and laid waste” to the house the man was in, “razing it to the ground”.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and found the man in a critical condition after being crushed by rubble. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, the man died.

He was one of 14 young people who were staying in a thatch roof house near the Vaal Dam.

The National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon said the other 13 young people, aged between 18 and 22, sustained mostly slight injuries.

A woman was also killed when the tornado tore through four shacks on a farm outside Bethlehem. About 27 others were injured.

"In further damage, the jetty at Manten Marina, Deneysville, has been ripped apart, one 7.5 ton boat was blown off its trailer, a number of boats have been ripped from their moorings and a further two boats were blown off their trailers," Lambinon said.

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