Johannesburg– At least two people were injured on Tuesday afternoon after a tornado ripped through Phumlani Mall in Tembisa on the East Rand, collapsing the roof of the mall and damaging shops.
Month-end shoppers were left shocked and police rushed to the scene. The tornado also tore through the roof of Tembisa hospital and a filling station in the township.
Spokesperson for eKurhuleni metro police department, Wilfred Kgasago, said a search and rescue team was combing through the rubble at Phumlani Mall and searching for injured people.
“At around 4pm this afternoon, a tornado hit Tembisa and damaged roofs at Phumlani Mall, Tembisa Hospital and at Total garage on RTJ Mamani Road,” Kgasago said.
“According to information at out disposal, two people were reported injured at the mall and our search and rescue teams are currently rummaging through the rubble searching for survivors.”