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Severe Storm Causes Destruction In Parts Of Tshwane

Mabaso urged residents to remain vigilant during thunderstorms, advising them to avoid seeking shelter under trees or tall structures and to stay away from metal objects and sports activities such as golf and fishing, as these can conduct electricity.

A powerful storm wreaked havoc in various areas of Tshwane, causing significant damage to homes, shacks, and trees.

The City of Tshwane emergency services spokesperson, Charles Mabaso, reported that multiple shacks and houses were destroyed, and trees were uprooted during the storm.

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In Olievenhoutbosch, there were unconfirmed reports of four people being struck by lightning. However, these incidents were not reported to the City of Tshwane emergency services and may have been reported to another emergency service in the city.

Mabaso urged residents to remain vigilant during thunderstorms, advising them to avoid seeking shelter under trees or tall structures and to stay away from metal objects and sports activities such as golf and fishing, as these can conduct electricity.

In Mamelodi, a child was injured when a tree fell on a shack, and two houses were also affected by fallen trees. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the houses, but the electricity supply had to be disconnected in one of them due to compromised power lines.

The storm also caused significant damage in Kekana Gardens informal settlement, where approximately 40 shacks were blown down, leaving many people without shelter. However, the affected communities refused to be relocated to temporary accommodation at the Prestige Guest House, and ongoing assessments are being conducted.

In Cullinan and Refilwe Ext 1, 2, and 4, multiple shacks and three houses were either blown down or damaged. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and disaster management officials are currently assessing the extent of the damage and the number of households affected.

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Parts of Centurion were also affected, with trees being ripped apart and streets closed due to fallen trees and damaged electricity lines. The energy and electricity department were promptly informed, and fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Residents are urged to exercise caution during severe weather conditions and to follow safety guidelines provided by the City of Tshwane emergency services to minimize the risk of harm or injury.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
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