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Ficksburg tornado: Red Cross steps in

2011-10-03 12:06

Bloemfontein - The SA Red Cross (SARCS) was assisting Ficksburg residents on Monday after a tornado hit the eastern Free State town, an official said.

"SARCS is conducting assessments and providing assistance to those in need," spokesperson Mamojela Mafa said.

A nine-year-old boy was killed in the town early on Monday when the wall of his house collapsed on him during the storm, police spokespersonCaptain Phumelelo Dlamini said.

The tornado hit around 02:00 and destroyed Jama Mokhekhe's house, seriously injuring other members of his family. Another 42 people were injured and 122 RDP houses and shacks in the area destroyed.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Bethlehem and Bloemfontein.

Tornadoes in spring and summer were not uncommon, said SA Weather Service forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.

"It happens from time to time. Over the past three years it has happened on a yearly basis."

He said some of these tornadoes set down in unpopulated areas.

"It's only when they reach cities that we notice them."

Mofokeng said tornadoes were more common in the central Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State than in other provinces.

He said small low pressure systems known as mesocyclones caused severe storms, which could result in tornadoes.


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Comments
  • Slartibartfast - 2011-10-03 12:23

    Does anybody by any chance know what the F-rating of the two that hit were? This is horrible, however still interesting from a science point of view.

      Civil_Rights - 2011-10-03 13:01

      This story BLEW me away.

  • allows - 2011-10-03 12:30

    RDP houses destroyed? Obviously cheap labour and material used by some hot shot's contact in a swindled tender award!!

      Kurt - 2011-10-03 12:49

      My friend, be it as it may... I don't think ANY house will withstand a tornado. But its true that RDP houses were built like crap...

      StBad - 2011-10-03 13:01

      I agree RDP houses won't win any construction awards but to be fair, they certainly would never have been design to withstand a tornado!

      Rakgadi - 2011-10-03 13:22

      tenderpreneurship, my thoughts exactly!!

  • Ingie - 2011-10-03 13:00

    Maybe they (govt ministers) what to try and see what and how tornadoes are caused..like the lightning in Natal. still very sad that these people ahve to suffer because their houses are on the cheap cheap..wonder if Zuma feels guilty

      Slartibartfast - 2011-10-03 13:15

      Zoooommmmaaaaa is Faaaaarrrr too busy pandering to the Business Community in Sandton at the moment .... but wait ... as soon as he realises here is a publicity opportunity .... be there in a FLASH!!

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-03 13:03

    yes it is a disaster for the families who have lost alot if not everything though it is an ideal opportunity for job creation and skills training

  • nicn44 - 2011-10-03 13:06

    If my built & paid for house blows away,will the government build me a new one?

      emile.eley - 2011-10-03 15:50

      No that's why you have insurance. Simple innit?

  • E_O - 2011-10-03 13:21

    My thoughts go out to those who have suffered a loss due to this storm

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2011-10-03 13:23

    RDP HOUSES ARE THE BEST THING THAT OUR GOV HAS DONE TO US,NO HOUSE CAN STAND THE MIGHT OF THE TORNADO.Y SHOULD WE BE NEGATIVE ALWAYS.OR MAYBE ITS TIME WE DO BEST THAN COMPLAING.PLEASE S.A WAKE UP....

      Dalien Lama - 2011-10-03 14:28

      "RDP HOUSES ARE THE BEST THING THAT OUR GOV HAS DONE TO US" Really my boy? Really? Your government should catch a wake-up man!

  • rushi.nortje - 2011-10-03 13:41

    If tornado's ar NOT uncommen and it has becom a yearly thing in certain areas why do they not get a warning system on the go to make sure that people know in advance that a tornado can occur??? I guess it's more important for our goverment officiala to live in over sized houses and drive expensive cars than to care for the people who make it possible for them to be in those positions?

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