2 killed as tornado tears through Free State

2012-06-23 22:44

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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  • Jake Manten - 2012-06-23 23:18

    Will Give an update of the Carnage and injuries in the morning as soon as we know more

      nicolene.oosthuyzen - 2012-06-24 00:35

      The tornado was about more than a km away from our house... We went to look at the house that the tornado hit, there's literally nothing left of it... Feel very sorry for the families who lost a loved one...

      PJP - 2012-06-24 01:42

      Tornados are the most violent of natural storms. I live in "Tornado Alley" in the USA. They are common here - too common and people don't pay attention to the warnings.

      JohannP - 2012-06-24 08:40

      Nicole, where did it pass through? We have a place on the peninsula overlooking Deneysville.

  • dorarosss - 2012-06-23 23:25

    Scary and sad. Indeed signs of the times...

  • Natalie Lochner - 2012-06-23 23:42

    Jissie...tornado in rsa...?as if the economy and government isnt volatile nature throws in a dime aswell

      Neville - 2012-06-24 03:30

      In recent years I have seen two tornados in the Witwatersrand area. The one was just east of Edenvale and the other over the Glenvista area. Both these never reached ground level and dissapated after a few minutes. The "Southern Courier" had an article in their newspaper the folloeing week about damage done to some houses and speculated that it could have been done by a tornado. Both of these tornados occured during a summerr storm. The one at the Vaal seems to be unusual as it happened in winter. I think that this has something to do with climate change. It would be interesting to hear what the weather beareaux makes of this.

  • ladyevo.jhb - 2012-06-24 00:27

    my prays and thoughts with families affected by this its a sad day

  • lehlohonolo.kompi - 2012-06-24 00:32

    this is sad for us as south Africans it was something that was outta our hands. lets pray for the families who got affected by this natural disaster. lets not make it a political or racial platform aiyt! its cold out there and families are hurt. show love ya'ol!

  • given.kgoerere - 2012-06-24 04:26

    Racist tornado!?! That's some really crazy hogwash I've ever heard! Next there will be talks to have some sort of commision of enquiry that needs to be set up to investigate the cause of these obvious natural phenomenons!?! Only in South Africa. Give South Africans a Bell's!!

  • obed.mohale - 2012-06-24 06:42

    People were struck by hurricane in other countries but they never turned to political blame its nature,it doesn't know poor and rich that is tonado even a strong wind can take a if an eath quake struck those staying in flats will suffer more than those in shacks

  • Eleanor Leroux - 2012-06-24 07:06

    I sometimes enjoy the comments more than the stories... :-)

      Keith - 2012-06-24 07:34

      Me too!

  • Rational100 - 2012-06-24 07:15

    One thing I will surely miss when racism is no more, are the racist jokes....!! U guys are a true rainbow nation and I love it when yo playstation buttons are touched ! Lol..

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-06-24 07:22

    Tornado nd freestate wre ment 2 b 2gether,I thnk freestate people mst b separated frm freestate Province sme mst cme 2 Tsakane,Duduza,Kwa Thema nd Spruit dey wil b safe at dis Township no Tornados here.

      vaughan.lund - 2012-06-24 08:50

      Dude please, no one understands your Outcomes Based education system (Bantu Education 2.0) english... So all I have to say is Huh, me no understandie...

      leonard.vanvuuren.1 - 2012-06-24 11:51

      Kwa Thema was hit by a tornado 3 months ago.\r\nU don't know what ur talking about. I saw the damage that was caused.

  • Pat - 2012-06-24 07:48

    lucky it didnt go through a squatter site, that would hav killed hundereds!!

  • Trevor - 2012-06-24 08:07

    There go the voting ballot papers

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-06-24 08:17

    Tornadoes are not fun, I was in the one that went through Welkom in 1990. The destructive power is huge!

  • charl.mackay - 2012-06-24 08:19

    Think i must open a f.b page with all this nature disasters and call it daily smiles. . .coz these comments is more delightfull and the actual topic...i love south africa...!

  • bevmas - 2012-06-24 08:31

    my condolences to the families who lost their loved ones,and all who lost their homes...May the Lord be with you!

  • diederik.muller - 2012-06-24 09:03

    Dis ongewoon vir S.A.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-24 09:17

      first lanseria is in cape town now bethlehem is! must have been a massive tornado! we need to open a school for reporters!!!

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-06-24 11:55

      Dawn; Cape Town is the location of the press office by no means is it meant to indicate the location of the incident.

  • anne.myers.756 - 2012-06-24 09:13

    What a dreadful piece of journalism, so unprofessional! This reporter shows no respect or any regard for the facts of the matter, the victims involed or the readers. Shame on you! Will News24 management do somthing about this quality of work please!??

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-24 09:23

      Do the people reporting have any education? i once had a maid who had NO education, but she knew where Cape Town was.

  • erica.potgieter1 - 2012-06-24 09:29

    My sister and her boyfriend was 2 of the 14 young people. Unfortunately they lost their 1 friend. Its going to take time for them to get over this. She walked away with nothing too serious but some of the others were hurt badly.

      johann.pretorius.7 - 2012-06-24 09:35

      Hi Erica, please convey our condolences to you sis and her mates. From the info the NSRi has been able to give us, the house that was destroyed was a few stands away from our stand. The miracle is that that particular house is quite isolated from the other properties on the bay. We hope that the survivors all recover soon.

  • esmarie.vermeulencalitz - 2012-06-24 10:24

    Come on People a mother lost her son and not even 4 weeks ago she lost her husband have a little bit respect we as Family is going thru a hard time at the moment.

      elza.geyser1 - 2012-06-24 10:33

      I was with Vicky untill the Ambulance took her to hospital. Kindly tell her I am praying for them.

      Mariana - 2012-06-24 10:42

      Esmarie, my boetie en meisie was ook een van die slag offers.!/?media/set/??set=a.10150919646337252.42?0335.721387251&type=1

      melda.goets - 2012-06-24 11:06

      Dit moet vreeslik wees! Kan maar net bid vir vertroosting.

  • lennox.mdlankomo - 2012-06-24 10:28

    Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,speedy recoveries to those injured...let's stop being ignorant,this is not about race...

  • allison.steedman - 2012-06-24 11:15

    Once again the contributors to the forum turn everything into a raciial issue. I would have thought that most the the people on here had some level of education, but it seems not. Tumisang is not accusing the tornado of being racist - in his own simple way he is pointing out that blacks living in shacks are more vulnerable than those who do not live in shacks. I do. It for one second agree with nationalization or land grabbing, however, if the point had been interpreted with logic instead of the sheer emotion that theses forums evoke, a different argument could have been made as to WHY nationalization is not a good idea instead of hurling childish abuse at each other. You all need a good dose of grow the f&$k up. As usual you are all part of the problem and not the solution.

      marc.landsberg1 - 2012-06-24 17:51

      What the hell are u talking about!

  • maryna.denbraanker - 2012-06-24 11:55

    TORNADO - DENEYSVILLE TO ORANJEVILLE ( FREE STATE ) 23Junie 2012\r\nWe have a farm (between Orange and Deneysville Ville ) , the point of a skier Island at the Vaal Dam - where I have a wooden house , high on poles built. I was early evening in the wood house , when I heard strange growl-sound. I went to the lower deck and could not believe what I see. From Deneysville 's side was a red glow across the Vaal Dam. I realized at the turn of it , that it was a tornado. It was frightening and I rather, with Zasha ( my dog ) sat in the car. Maryna (my wife ) , phoned Friday night and warned me of wind and rain (which is was a news alert on TV2 ), headed to the Free State area. The Tornado went over the water in the direction of our neighboring farm , and I could clearly see how it soak up everything in the air, as far as it goes. What is strange is that people see it so close to you , but there is no wind around you, only the \ growl \ of the Tornado. \ The Tornado went from a north to south. It was very attractive but believe me, that this destruction was alarming !\r\n(Johan den Braanker)

      riana.woods - 2012-06-27 07:57

      The tornado missed my house by 60m. Iam staying in deneysville. It was dark and I didn't realise what was happening. I was outside my house to let the animals come inside. They where terrefied of the sound of the wind but I went down on my knees and pray and I thank The LORD that me and my daughter where safe in my house.

  • chants.smith - 2012-06-24 12:49

    Was reading all these comments. seriously a racist tornado? hahahaha! gotta luv it

  • frits.hooghiemstra - 2012-06-24 15:28

    hahaha this guy made my day....a racist tornado, REALLY????? condolences to the families of those affected though

  • luzinda.duvenage - 2012-06-24 16:15

    Die tornado was in fouriesnburg ok, ons was vir n weg breek buite fouriesburg, en ons het so paar bome verloor deur die tornado.

  • marc.landsberg1 - 2012-06-24 17:46

    Black or White tornado...I love it but hey or white... use spell check!

  • george.habig.3 - 2012-06-24 19:05

    Dit is verskriklik ! Die seun wat oorlede is, se pa is n paar weke terug oorlede. Baie sterkte aan Colleen Coetzee, Juan se boetie, Wayne

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