[LISTEN] Scores feared dead, missing following New Hanover tornado

[LISTEN] Scores feared dead, missing following New Hanover tornado

The MEC for Cooperative Governance in KwaZulu-Natal Sipho Hlomuka has confirmed that a tornado has hit parts of New Hanover on Tuesday.

KZN storm PMB house

“There are fears of possible missing people and deaths,” said Hlomuka's spokesperson Lennox Mabaso on Tuesday evening.

Hlomuka has dispatched disaster management teams to New Hanover area, which includes Thokozani and Mpolweni in the Mshwathi municipality just outside Pietermaritzburg.

ALSO READ: Weather Service to meet following KZN ‘tornado’

Scores of people have been injured and homes and public infrastructure have been damaged.

Several homes have collapsed, countless trees have been uprooted and the electricity supply in the area has been interrupted.

WATCH: Massive tornado sweeps through KZN

Damage to infrastructure belonging to power utility Eskom has been reported including the closure of several roads due to a bridge caving in.

Show's Stories