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Houses damaged by strong gust of wind

Nine houses in Asanda Village were damaged in an incident that left affected residents in despair.

On Monday morning the roof of a house was ripped off and flung onto the roof of a neighbouring house. A parked car was also damaged in the process.

Eyewitness Bulelani Ngala recalled a sudden gust of wind “came from nowhere”.

“It was like a small hurricane! There was a slight breeze and suddenly a strong wind came up. I heard a bang and I knew something had been hit,” said Ngala, who immediately investigated what had happened.

Pamella Nano, owner of one of the damaged houses, said she heard a roaring sound while cooking.

“I thought it was an aeroplane flying low. I don’t know what compelled me to move away from the place I was standing ... it’s the same place where the roof eventually landed,” she told sister publication City Vision.

Nano said the roof had been ripped off with a satellite dish attached to it, adding she is lucky to be alive.

Other residents who witnessed the incident said they thought an explosion had occurred and they ran to their homes for shelter.

Fourteen-year-old Portia Nxumalo was on her way home from a neighbour’s house when she witness their family home’s destruction. “Our house was destroyed by the roof. I thought there was a fire, because I saw a dark cloud,” she recalled.

“I ran inside the house and saw the wind had lifted our roof. An electric box in the street was also uprooted,” she says.

Another resident who referred to himself as Gova told City Vision he was informed of the incident while on his way to work.

“I had left my house around 06:30 and about 20 minutes later I received a call that the roof of backyard dwelling on my property had been ripped off by a strong wind,” he said,

“I was shocked by what had happened.”

After the incident, Gova and some helpers managed to straighten the aluminium sheet and fix the roof of the structure.

Local ward councillor Simthembile Mfecane sympathised with the families.

“This is a terrible occurrence. Although properties we damaged, we are happy no-one was injured,” he said.

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