Storm-Devastated Provinces Pick Up The Pieces (Photos,Videos)

Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are getting back on their feet on Tuesday after being battered by storms on Monday.

Rain and winds that swept across Gauteng killed five people and displaced more than 100 as it destroyed homes, especially in Mogale City on the West Rand.

“At least 64 people in Tarlton are requiring accommodation, 35 in Munsieville old location and 80 percent of Mayibuye township have lost roofs as well,” said Mogale City spokesman Nkosana Zali.

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At least two people suffered minor injuries after roofing collapsed at the Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp.

Part of the roof of Protearif Primary School was also ripped off.

“The freak storm has caused massive damage, with the roof of Cradlestone Mall coming off.

“This is but the minimum damage as reported by communities, the picture will change as the situation is assessed further,” Zali said. “The damage costs can be communicated only after a full assessment.”

Flash floods were reported in several areas of Johannesburg.

In Mpumalanga, nine people were injured after an alleged tornado swept through the Delmas and Bapsfontein area.

South African Weather Service forecaster Madimetsha Thema said thunderstorms usually occurred ahead of a cold front and could lead to high winds.

Clear weather was expected for the rest of the week, he said.

KwaZulu-Natal also felt the weather’s wrath.

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