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Gauteng authorities to assess thunderstorm damage

A number of shacks were destroyed in Zandspruit and the Ruimsig squatter camp due to strong winds and hail.

The Wedge complex in Honeydew was destroyed by massive hailstorm that hit Gauteng on 9 October 2017.  Picture: Louise McAullife/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Emergency services in Gauteng are now assessing the damage of a severe thunderstorm which left low-lying areas waterlogged, homes damaged and caused major traffic disruptions.

One person was killed and two others injured in what was believed to have been a tornado in the Krugersdorp area.

A number of shacks were destroyed in Zandspruit and the Ruimsig squatter camp due to strong winds and hail.

Emergency Service’s Nana Radebe says: “Disaster Management is still busy with the assessment to check how many households are affected so that we can assist.

“We also had other shacks swept away in Ruimsig squatter camp and we’ve also responded to another one in Fourways where there were damages as well.”

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Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Roads Agency’s Bertha Peters-Scheepers says that their team will start assessing the damage of the storm on Tuesday morning.

“Low-lying bridges that had overtopped as well as sinkholes that have developed that may have necessitated road closures.

“Some bridge structures may have been impacted and our inspectors will be going out to assess the damage today. Also flooding on houses and properties through the stormwater drainage system.”

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KRUGERSDORP STORM

Paramedics confirmed that one person has died and two others were hurt in what appears to have been a tornado in the Krugersdorp area.

Netcare 911's Nick Dollman said the survivors have been taken to the hospital.

“Paramedics responded to reports of a tornado in the Krugersdorp area, they attended to three people at the scene and tragically one person has died. Two others we stabilised by paramedics and transported to the hospital for further medical care.”

Two people were hurt at a Krugersdorp mall when a section of the roof caved in over a grocery shop.

Security guards evacuated the area around the collapse and paramedics transported the injured to hospital.

ER24's Russel Meiring said: “Once inside the shops, paramedics found that some of the ceilings had collapsed. Two people were assessed by paramedics and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries, fortunately, no serious to fatal injuries were found at the scene. Security at the mall helped to evacuate the scene while paramedics treated the two patients.”

The Weather Service issued an alert for the storms, warning they'd be accompanied by hail and strong winds.

Motorists were urged to drive with extreme caution with traffic backlogs.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)