Midvaal mayor heads to Vaal Marina after tornado sows destruction

At least 50 people were injured but no fatalities have been confirmed in Monday’s natural disaster.

The aftermath of a tornado that ripped through the Vaal Marina on 11 December 2017. Picture: @MidvaalLM/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi will head to the Vaal Marina area on Tuesday morning where more than 300 people have been left homeless after a tornado ripped through the area.

At least 50 people were injured but no fatalities have been confirmed in Monday’s natural disaster.

Homes and other buildings were also damaged or completely destroyed.

Baloyi says that their priority is to help those affected to start rebuilding their homes.

“So we will have a better amount and also a better sense of what’s happening when we get there. And also just to speak to our residents and see how they are and also speak to those who have been wounded with minor injuries as well.”

The fire brigade and disaster management officials are still on the scene, where two help centres have been set up.

Clean-up operations are also underway.

Midvaal fire chief Hannes Steyn said: "So at the moment Red Cross is providing those things they started already early this morning. They just need to see how many people need things and so on but at the moment definitely under control and doing very well."