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Tembisa residents rebuild homes in wake of tornado

At least 20 people were injured and 400 others left homeless after the tornado struck.

FILE: Several people have been injured after a roof collapse at the Phumulani Mall in Tembisa. Picture: ER24.

TEMBISA - Tembisa residents who lost their homes after a tornado ripped through parts of the township have told Eyewitness News they are devastated.

The strong winds damaged houses, vehicles and a mall yesterday afternoon.

At least 20 people were injured and 400 others left homeless.

Clothes and furniture are still strewn across the street in Zone 10 where residents have already started rebuilding their homes.

The residents are using corrugated iron to rebuild their shacks.

One man, who was at Phumulani Mall where the roof caved in, says he was overwhelmed with sadness when he returned to find that he no longer had a home.

One woman says she has nothing left.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele is expected to visit various parts of the township this morning.

WATCH: Tembisa hit by destructive tornado

'I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE'

A Tembisa local, whose car was damaged by the tornado, said yesterday he was just happy he wasn't hurt.

Stanley Dlamini said he was still in shock after witnessing the tornado tear through the mall where he was preparing to do some shopping.

Dlamini said he thought he was going to die when he witnessed the tornado.

"The tornado was very strong, I thought I was going to die."

He said many of the roof sheets that flew off the mall landed on his car, causing serious damage.

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