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Tornado hits Vaal Marina, dozens hurt

Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi says two help centres have already been set-up to assist those who have lost everything.

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

JOHANNESBURG - At least 300 people have been displaced and 50 others injured after a tornado tore through the Vaal Marina area.

Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi says the number of properties damaged or destroyed by the natural disaster is expected to rise once a full assessment has been concluded.

Baloyi says two help centres have already been set-up to assist those who have lost everything.

“We will be going back today and just try and access and see what the actual damage is. Electricity supply was completely cut off last night, with some of the electricity infrastructure damaged."

Clean-up operations are underway after the tornado.

The fire-brigade and disaster management officials are still on the scene.

No fatalities have been confirmed.

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.”

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

“We did contact the Gift of the Givers so they’ve already started sending us some supplies. And we’ll start seeing what other damage was there so we can also start calling for assistance and help and so on.”