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#TembisaTornado: Over 30 stores damaged at Phumulani Mall

The tornado caused damage to the local mall, a petrol station and a hospital.

A tornado has swept through parts of the East Rand, leaving a number of people injured. Picture: ER24.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ekurhuleni Emergency Management Services Department says more than 30 shops at the Phumulani Mall have been affected by a tornado strike in Tembisa.

The strong wind that swept through the East Rand township yesterday caused damage to the mall, a petrol station and a local hospital.

Twenty people were treated for injuries.

WATCH: Tembisa hit by destructive tornado

EMS spokesperson William Ntladi says there's been significant damage to the Phumulani Mall.

"Even those who are not basically affected, one way or the other they are because it was raining earlier on. So part of the roof is leaking and we've gone from one side to another where we found that there is water damage throughout the mall."

Store owner Muneer Loonat says business will be disrupted until the mall is declared safe.

"At the moment we can't open the mall until further notice. They've informed us the disaster management is on site to ensure that everything is safe. Once they are done, it will be handed over to the police who will scale the area until the engineers come and declare it safe for us to go in."

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