A tornado wreaked havoc on Tuesday afternoon in New Hanover, just outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.
Many people were injured and homes and public infrastructure were damaged. The provincial department of cooperative government and traditional affairs has deployed disaster management teams in the Mshwathi local municipality. Many videos of the tornado were also shared on social media on Tuesday.
“Preliminary information received indicates that people injured in the storm are receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. A number of houses collapsed, countless trees were uprooted and power supply to the area was interrupted, ”said Sipho Hlomuka, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal.