South Africa storms kill 4, injure 200

3rd October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Storms and tornadoes killed four people and injured over 200 others in central and eastern parts of South Africa over the weekend, authorities said.

A nine-year-old boy was killed in the central town of Ficksburg in the Free State province early Monday when the wall of his house collapsed on him, said police spokesman Captain Phumelelo Dlamini.

The storm injured 42 people and destroyed 122 houses in the town, he said.

A tornado in Nigel in Gauteng province left an eight-year-old boy dead and injured 166 people on Sunday, said municipal spokesman Justice Mohale. Over 150 houses were lost.

Lightning killed two more people in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, leaving eight injured, according to Vernon Mchunu, spokesman for the provincial government.

Thunderstorms and tornadoes are common in central areas of the country during the southern hemisphere spring and summer months.

© 2011 AFP

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