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Red Ants lend a hand to Vaal Marina residents after tornado

Fifty people were injured after strong winds tore through the area on Sunday night but no fatalities have been confirmed.

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

JOHANNESBURG - As residents affected by the tornado in the Vaal Marina area begin to pick up the pieces following the natural disaster, the Red Ants have arrived to help them rebuild their homes.

Fifty people were injured after strong winds tore through the area on Monday night, but no fatalities have been confirmed.

Homes and other buildings were damaged or completely destroyed.

It’s emerged more homes have been damaged by the tornado than originally thought.

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi says the municipality has made arrangements to feed those affected by the natural disaster.

“Some food supplies will be distributed shortly after lunch at 1pm in the community hall in Mamello.”

It’s a sombre mood in the Mamello informal settlement with residents go through the debris hoping to salvage some of their belongings.

Most residents were at work during Monday's tornado, leaving only children at the time of the natural disaster.

The Red Ants’ Jeffrey Parsons says they have brought their own building material and will help the families rebuild their homes.

“We’re not always the bad guys, we’re also the good guys and we help. We’ve got 100 guys here to help them.”

Parsons adds: “We also have the disaster management here to help.”

A water truck has also arrived where women are filling buckets, but they’re unsure whether there will be food for their children.