113 hurt in Duduza tornado

2011-10-03 07:46

Johannesburg - Hundreds of people were left homeless when a tornado tore through the Duduza township near Nigel, east of Johannesburg, on Sunday, paramedics said. "One hundred and five individuals were injured," said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

Several people were injured during the tornado, Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Prince Hamnca said on Sunday night.

"Some are still being treated but we will only be able to give proper information tomorrow [Monday]. They [emergency services] are doing a head count," he said.

The R550 road in Nigel had been closed because of fallen trees.

Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe and Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele were on the scene, said Hamnca.

Earlier on Sunday, a nine-year-old boy was killed and 42 people injured in what paramedics said was a tornado in Ficksburg in the Free State.

"[It] has killed one and left more than 1 000 houses destroyed," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

Hundreds of people were left homeless.

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  • 2shy2call - 2011-10-03 08:13

    Ya it does not make sense to me too. 1000 houses destroyed and only 100s left homeless.

      mseshi - 2011-10-12 15:16

      I think the article addresses disasters in 2 areas. Hundreds were left homeless in Duduza while 1000 houses were destroyed in the Free State.

  • NikaBabyD - 2011-10-03 08:15

    How has tornadoes hit jhb , It was never like this , what exactly changed... This is very new to us...

      Ascendo Tuum - 2011-10-03 08:24

      There was in Roodepoort in 1948

      JHBBOY - 2011-10-03 09:51

      Johannesburg CBD had a small one during the night in 1996, nobody was injured but it was strong enough to pull out billboards and street signs, there was also rubbish strewn all over the streets, but I think thats how the CBD used to look anyway

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-10-03 08:17

    Why could they only treat people the next day, ?????

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-10-03 08:28

      What do you mean?

  • Jonathan Jensen - 2011-10-03 08:20

    Is this the tornado that was in FIcksburg....? (same stats) Were there 2 tornados in SA... Looks like papers releasing news while the facts are still being established.

  • Hannes Kotze - 2011-10-03 08:28

    Emergency services were on site and treating people on Sunday, they will only be able to give more info on Monday (today).

  • jutah.mathebula - 2011-10-03 08:37

    team news24 would u pls writer proper information, u min ds ppl each own mor dan 10 house? Juda at jhbown mor dan 10 house? Juda at jhb

      daaivark - 2011-10-03 08:53

      Try English next.

      LiciousDee - 2011-10-03 09:37

      Jutah.mathebula will you please write proper English also?

      Mswati - 2011-10-03 10:08

      A company called Juta, used to sell books and I am sure they would gladly assist you Jutah.

      Fighter - 2011-10-03 11:20

      Relax take your time, and edit your views before you post them.

  • Zulu Whyte - 2011-10-03 09:02

    There is absolutely nothing funny about this. This is a humanitarian issue and crisis. Some people can be heartless and I do not understand why everything is politicised.

      Totman - 2011-10-03 09:48

      Agree!!! The people clearly do not know what to say, but they MUST say something. Unbelievable!!!

      Thabiso marumo - 2011-10-03 09:59

      @Zulu news24 readers are racist read comments on the taxi driver that dragged a woman 600m, also read comment about the drought in Somalia, the readers here showed compassion in the article were the lady was dragged by a taxi driver and yet showed the same attitude in this article toward the article about the drought in Somalia, it seems readers on this site rejoice more when black people suffer and become compassionate when a white person suffers.

  • Be - 2011-10-03 09:48

    my condolences to the 9 year old boy's family. adults with too much money to afford the internet are wasting electricity with their stupid racist comments when they should be making things better.

  • AzizaK - 2011-10-03 10:11

    Very disturbing that some readers find this to be a joke. This is no platform for making your political and racial views known. Lives were lost, people were left homeless. And that is NO JOKE. Remember that whatever you give out, to the world, in words or thoughts - will come back to you! Should be ashamed of yourselves!

      Anne Rice - 2011-10-03 10:32

      I agree with you AzizaK, but you have to agree that when anything (and i mean anything !) goes wrong it always is the "whites" fault - see Rubbish comment. It is a disaster no matter who is involved and should be treated as such - "whites" are just so SnT of hearing how bad we are for having something and that apartheid is still to blame for everything that goes awry in our country - i have this sneaky suspicion that 20 years from now apartheid will still be blamed. There has been 3 terms of "black" governement - surely things are looking brighter for the black population !

      Thabiso marumo - 2011-10-03 11:17

      @Anne, you are justifiying stupidity.

  • Fierce - 2011-10-03 10:33

    THIS is a sign that mother nature is actaully retaliating. we as humans are consuming more than mother natuer can produce, and we are to blame for such natural disaters cause of polution etc. the climate is changing extremly, and we need to do something, cause that was just a sign of more to come if we dont treat the earth with respect and care.

  • David John Harland - 2011-10-03 12:05

    Lets hope and pray everybody is ok

  • Anne Rice - 2011-10-03 12:20

    Thabiso - my agreement was to the fact that the lives being touched by the tornado is no joke. The rest of my comments were dripping sarcasm. Since you didnt catch that i am making the assumption that its your stupidity we are speaking of here.

  • raymondvb - 2011-10-03 12:20

    What did they rate the tornadoes, on the F scale?

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  • Mr President - 2011-10-03 16:30

    I was @da scene of the Tornado 30min afta it struck as I ws going to see a friend who lives almost 100meters from the Disaster but when we got there was shocking mostly RDP houses were nothing but rubble. We tried to use my car as the mode of transport to move the affected families to the nearest Multi purpose Centre (where evrybody is housed) All I'm hoping for is that these families get all the Humanitarian assistance that they need. After work today, I wil passby to check on what assistance can be offered. Thanks to all of you for yo kind words, prayers and encouragement.

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