The South African Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado hit the Mpolweni area near Hanover in KwaZulu-Natal midlands.
Two people were confirmed dead and 20 injured following a tornado that hit Mpolweni settlement near Wartburg, KwaZulu Natal on Tuesday night.
The ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell said paramedics got to the scene at 5:20 pm after receiving a call from Disaster Management and Search & Rescue to assist on the scene.
“Two adults were unfortunately declared dead on the scene. ER24 set up a triage area and treated and transported another 9 patients for minor to moderate injuries to various hospitals in the area.
“Provincial also transported a further two bringing the total injured on the scene to 20. An adult woman who had suffered serious injuries as a result of losing control of her vehicle during the storm was treated with Advanced Life Support interventions before being taken to Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg for further care.”
Campbell said many animals were reported to have been injured or killed in the area and power lines are also down.
“The Fire Department and SAPS were also on the scene. The rescue effort was called off at 23:53 last night and resumed again this morning.”
The almost apocalyptic scene was recorded by drivers passing by. The KZN tornado was spotted making its way through New Hanover, before colliding with the electrical facility. Plumes of smoke and debris can be spotted in the background, as visible structural damage leaves the person behind the camera stunned.
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UPDATE: KZN disaster management teams have been activated and dispatched to New Hanover https://t.co/tUDSxiJjyn
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