Early reports from South African news
sites informed that tornadoes struck the towns of Ficksburg and Nigel on Sunday, destroying hundreds of home and leaving over 1,000 people homeless while causing the death of an eight-year-old child in Duduza near Nigel, east of Johannesburg.
Over 160 people were reported injured in the damage caused by the tornadoes ripping through the town. Trees were brought down and power cables damaged.
The Los Angeles Times
quoted a witness describing the tornado as a “gigantic snake with huge eyes”. It also reported the death of a 9-year-old child in Ficksburg, over 180 miles from Johannesburg, where over 1000 houses and dwelling places were knocked down to the ground by the raging storm. On Monday, the mayor of Ekurhuleni told that they would declare Duduza as a disaster zone.
reports the death of two more people, beside the children killed by tornadoes, during the storm. The two were hit by lightning in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Eight others were injured in the same area.
Tornadoes are quite common a weather phenomenon in South Africa, notes news24
. They have been hitting the region annually over the past three years. By forecast, the storm system is expected to move to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.