JOHANNESBURG - The South African Red Cross has appealed for public assistance in their endeavours to help feed, clothe and shelter victims of last week's devastating tornado in New Hanover, just outside Pietermaritzburg.
According to the organisation, trolleys had been placed in Pick 'n Pay outlets where items such as food, toiletries and blankets could be donated.
The tornado touched down on Tuesday last week and left six dead, 20 injured and hundreds homeless, their houses reduced to rubble.
“The situation is heartbreaking. People have been left without roofs over their heads, we have seen walls collapse, fences blown away and people’s beds deposited a few hundred metres away from their original homes. We are also seeing many people traumatised by the losses they have suffered.” said SA Red Cross secretary general Mabel Koketso on Monday.
Some of the affected community members were still being housed in community halls in Pietermaritzburg, Amawodi and Harding, while other families returned to their homes fearing their properties would be vandalised.