10.10.2017

Deadly storms hit South Africa | News

Severe thunderstorms have lashed South Africa, leaving at least three people dead and many more injured.

Damaging winds, destructive hail and torrential rain affected many parts of the country on Monday, with the area in and around Johannesburg seeing some of the worst damage.

Those who died were killed in traffic incidents attributed to the storms, according to the South African News network News24

Among those injured were a man and his two children, who were wounded after their house collapsed in Bapsfontein, to the east of Johannesburg.

Two other people were hurt when an external structure at the Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp collapsed.
There were numerous reports of hail smashing windows and damaged cars, and torrential rain flooding roads, making them impassable.

There were also reports of a number of tornadoes, which ripped roofs from homes, snapped trees and tore down power lines.

A suspected twister injured six people in the small town of Delmas, to the east of Johannesburg.

The severe weather brought heavy snow to Drakensberg. Residents reported that 50cm of snow had already accumulated on the ground in the northern parts of the Eastern Cape.

The severe weather has now cleared from Johannesburg, but it is still affecting parts of South Africa.

Durban is currently experiencing some very heavy downpours, many cars finding themselves trapped in floodwater.

Fortunately on Wednesday, the severe weather should come to an end.

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