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02 October 2011

Emergency services mopping up after deadly Free State storm

Cape Town - Emergency services were still mopping up on Sunday evening after a deadly storm in Ficksburg, in the Free State, in which a 9-year-old boy died when a wall fell on him.

Police spokesperson Phumelelo Dlamini told News24 that 42 people had been injured.

Some of them were taken to a hospital in Bloemfontein, while others were being treated locally, he said.

Dlamini said 100 houses were damaged by the strong wind and not 1 000 as had earlier been reported.

The SA Weather Service could not confirm if it had, in fact, been a tornado which had struck the area.

A spokesperson did, however, confirm that a severe thunderstorm had passed over Ficksburg.

- NEWS24