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Heavy storms rip through some parts of Joburg, leaving trail of destruction

Paramedics attended to several incidents on Saturday afternoon, including the structural collapse at a mall.

FILE: A damaged home following a hailstorm in Johannesburg on 30 December 2017.  Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A number of incidents were reported in Johannesburg and surrounding areas due to a heavy hail storm on Saturday afternoon.

In Lenasia, the roof of a fruits and vegetables shop at the trade route mall collapsed.

Paramedics attended to several incidents, including the structural collapse at a mall.

It's understood some people were injured and transported to nearby hospitals.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said three people were injured.

“Paramedics attended to several incidents during a heavy storm in parts of south and west of Johannesburg this afternoon. Shortly after 5pm, ER24 attended to a structural collapse in Lenasia.”

Vermaak said six other people were injured in a taxi collision on the N12 near Impala Road.

Paramedics have also received reports of several minor collisions as a result of the storm.

“ER24 urges the public to take caution driving on flooded roads or low-lying areas where roads are flooded or low-level bridges.”