Tongaat Tornado Tragedy: Community in Mourning as Relief Efforts Increase

  • The tornado in Tongaat, South Africa, left five dead and many displaced
  • Relief efforts led by the provincial department of Cogta are underway, providing shelter and assistance to affected communities
  • Public facilities are used as safe havens and assessment teams clear roads to support rescue operations

Reitumetse Makwea, op Short news current affairs journalist in Pretoria, South Africa, has reported on court, weather and crime-related news for more than five years at The Citizen and Rekord Noweto.

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Tongaat Tornado Tragedy: Residents displaced and some killed after a devastating tornado hit the area. Images: @_ArriveAlive.
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A devastating tornado ripped through the quiet town of Tongaat, KwaZulu Natal yesterday.

The community struggles with the aftermath of unimaginable loss and destruction.

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Jabulile Nkosi, a resident of uThongathi, vividly remembers the harrowing moment the tornado struck,

In a voice shaking with emotion, she said the tornado left a trail of destruction that shook the community to its core.

“I feel like I’m just watching a movie. I can’t believe what happened.”

South Africans are sympathetic

For many, like Nkosi, the events of the fateful day remain surreal as they come to terms with the sudden and catastrophic impact of nature’s fury and severe weather in the area.

@ashleigh_mok said devastatingly:

“Yooooh in the winter”

@QueenEphanie suggested that:

“@MkhontoweSizwex Can we please find these families and make donations, Ward 57 would love to help.”

@OracleLexi responded:

“This is bad. It still has to rain…”

Relief efforts continue for tornado-hit Tongaat

According to IOL, the toll from the tragedy continues to rise, with five lives lost and countless families left reeling from the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.

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The provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has led the relief effort, recognizing the urgent need to support affected communities in times of great need.

“The KZN Government is responding to several incidents caused by heavy rainfall accompanied by strong wind and hail storms that lashed parts of the province, causing extensive damage to households and infrastructure.”

uThonathi the worst hit

One of the worst affected areas is the uThongathi region, where the tornado’s ferocity was felt most acutely.

Homes were destroyed, roofs torn off and trees uprooted, leaving a landscape of devastation.

Tragically, a woman lost her life when her house collapsed under the force of the tornado, underscoring the severity of the situation.

The tornado’s impact was not limited to Tongaat, as neighboring areas in Durban also bore the brunt of the brutal storm.

Heavy rains flooded central parts, areas west of the CBD and Umgababa, further aggravating the already precarious situation of residents.

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Communities in Amajuba and Umzinyathi districts were also not spared from nature’s wrath as houses succumbed to the force of the winds in Newcastle, Dannhauser, Nquthu and surrounding areas.

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The widespread damage underlines the random nature of natural disasters, which spare no one in their path of destruction.

“Public facilities have been opened as safe havens for affected communities as the assessment continues. Roads are being cleared with the help of TLBs to ensure rescuers can attend to the injured.”

Mngadi confirmed this and emphasized joint efforts to limit further damage and alleviate the suffering of those affected by the disaster.

Cars drive through flooded streets in viral video

Short news noted that severe weather in KwaZulu-Natal saw cars driving through rain on water-covered roads.

A video shared on social media shows the extent of the flooding, with cars moving at a snail’s pace through the water.

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