Tornado damage estimate rises

2011-10-07 15:37

The number of houses found to be damaged by the tornado that struck Duduza last weekend has risen from 558 to 673, the Ekurhuleni municipality has said.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale said the East Rand houses were all in Masechaba Extension 2 and 3, which had been in the tornado’s path.

Electrical and water infrastructure were also damaged as the storm ravaged the area, killing an eight-year-old boy, Xolani Mkhatshwa.Mohale said safe shelter had been found for more than 2 600 displaced people.

Workers were continuing to clear rubble and corrugated metal away from the area where Mkhatshwa’s funeral would take place tomorrow.

“So far, 210 temporary structures have been erected – an indication that people will start to move from the local multi-purpose centre where they currently stay, to their own stands,” Mohale said.

“When people go back to their own stands it will assist us to speedily move forward in the rebuilding of their houses,” he said.

With schools set to re-open on Monday, there were 190 school children in need of school uniforms, shoes, and stationery.“We anticipate the number might increase.

Therefore we appeal to our donors to assist us with the stationery to assist our learners, some of whom are in Grade 12,” he said.

“Of great need now that we approach the reconstruction phase, we need our donors to help us with building materials.”

He also appealed for donations of protective clothing for the communities and schools that had offered to help with rebuilding.

Other priority items included clothing (including underwear), bottled water, baths, plastic bowls, paraffin stoves, disposable nappies, baby food, and disposable cups and plates.Mohale said substantial support had already been received from those he called good Samaritans.

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