More than 50 people have been injured and over 250 houses destroyed after a tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina in Gauteng on Monday evening.
Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi said at least 300 families have reported damages to their homes, some of which had been totally destroyed.
Dozens of people have been injured, after a tornado hit Vaal Marina early on Monday evening.— Midvaal Municipality (@MidvaalLM) December 11, 2017
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"The municipality is assisting displaced residents with temporary shelter, and will begin assessing the extent of the damage and the estimated cost of rebuilding," Baloyi said in a statement.
"Two help centres have been set up in Mamello and the Vaal Marina Town Hall to assist those affected by the tornado."
Tornado went through Vaal Marina on the Vaal Dam this evening... Roofs blown off, trees uprooted, walls down - lots of damage to property!! pic.twitter.com/gYy0NL8drc— Sandy Gaddin (@SandyGaddin) December 11, 2017
Baloyi added that emergency service authorities will continue to monitor the Vaal Marina and neighbouring areas to ensure the safety of residents.