Support for Kestel tornado victims

2012-06-24 22:58
A tornado and heavy wind have left a trail of destruction in Kestel in the Free State. (Neels Moller, ER24)

A tornado and heavy wind have left a trail of destruction in Kestel in the Free State. (Neels Moller, ER24)

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Johannesburg – The local community has rallied around people left destitute after a tornado damaged 55 homes in the Kestel area.

Two farmers have offered to provide hot food for 300 people until Wednesday following the devastation left in the wake of a tornado.

The Red Cross donated 60 blankets to be delivered on Monday.

A group of women from a local church were providing soup and bread to 150 people.

A spokesperson for the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department, Senne Bogatsu, said on Sunday that of the 55 homes  damaged, three of them had been totally ruined.

Two more streets remained to be assessed for damage on Monday.

A report would then be compiled.

Weather SA forecaster Michael Nethavani said the storm did appear to have been a tornado.

"According to the reports we are receiving it had been a tornado," he said.

"We are still in the dark as to where it happened," but added that it would have hit somewhere in the eastern part of the province.

Bogatsu said electricity had been partially restored in some of the affected area.

Five people were taken to hospital and one was "seriously hurt".

Six households in the Eeram area were also affected by the storm, but Bogatsu did not elaborate. Four people were taken to hospital.

The JOC required more food parcels and blankets.

Bogatsu said a community hall was still being used as an evacuation centre while others were taking shelter with community members who offered to help.

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