The first video has emerged of one of two tornadoes that claimed the lives of two young children in South Africa on Sunday.
An 8-year-old child was killed and more than 160 people were injured when the twister tore through the township. Duduza will be declared a disaster area in the coming days, the local Mayor said on Monday.
Mobile phone footage of the tornado was posted online by Antonica Ndlovu, a resident of Duduza, near Nigel, south-east of Johannesburg. A second video by Marcelle Muller shows the tornado edging its way toward Duduza.
Later on Sunday evening, hundreds of homes were destroyed on when a second tornado tore through Ficksburg in Free State province, claiming the life of a 9-year old boy.
“Reports from Ficksburg indicate that a tornado has swept through the town leaving more than 1,000 houses destroyed,” said Chris Botha, a spokesman for Netcare 911.
Ficksburg is situated in the Eastern Free State between the Maluti Mountains. It is the closest town to the Lesotho border. It is well known for it’s scenic game farms.
Tornadoes are not uncommon in South Africa. The deadliest single tornado to hit the country struck in January 18, 1999 at Mount Ayliff, located 200 kilometres southwest of Durban. 25 people were killed and a further 500 were injured when an F4 Tornado hit the town