Tornado in South Africa destroys hundreds of homes

10/02/2011 18:52

WireUpdate:  FICKSBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) -- Hundreds of homes were destroyed on Sunday afternoon when a tornado tore through a town in South Africa, emergency officials said. At least one person has been killed.

The tornado affected the town of Ficksburg in Free State province, but the extent of the damage was not immediately known. "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.
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"A total of 42 patients have now been transported to hospital, two of them are in a very serious condition," Botha said. A 9-year-old boy was confirmed to have been killed, but search-and-rescue teams were still searching the area for more victims.

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