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  • Watch: FIRE TORNADO caught on camera, several injured

    Watch: FIRE TORNADO caught on camera, several injured

    Watch as local residents of the Mariental Municipality flee from a raging FIRE TORNADO in Nambia.


    According to media reports, the fire started on Wednesday. Several people were injured in the fire.

    One of the injured is Mayor Enrico Junius, who sustained 60% burn wounds, while another person sustained 100% burn wounds. Both were flown to South Africa for medical treatment.

    The fire covered an area of about 8 to 10 kilometres (km), and it also caused damage to about four or five farms in the surrounding area.


    At this stage, it is clear that there is a loss of grazing at some surrounding farms, but the full extent of the damage is yet to be determined – as well as the cause of the fire.

    According to Marshall ranger Sean Naude, who was at the scene, it was a huge fire. Several roads in the area were closed.

    “The mayor is currently in ICU with 60% burns, and one another resident of Rehoboth who has 100% burns is also in ICU, as their conditions require a sterile environment.”

    Marshall ranger Sean Naude

    On Thursday evening, the fire was still blazing, burning near the mountains after being extinguished close to the road.

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    What you should do when veld fire approaches your property: 

    • Decide whether it is safer to stay or leave the scene.
    • Wear protective clothing and footwear.
    • Have emergency food and medical supplies ready.
    • Move livestock to safer areas.
    • Listen to the radio for news updates.
    • Wet the garden and house, especially on the side of the approaching fire.
    • Plug gutters and fill them with water.
    • Fill baths, buckets and dust bins with water in case the water supply fails, and have mops handy.
    • Seal any gaps between the doors and floor using wet towels or similar items.
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • If you decide to stay, go indoors and remain there until the fire has passed.
    • Take fire hoses and other firefighting equipment indoors with you.
    • Check inside the house, including the roof cavity, and extinguish any small fires immediately.
    • Remain vigilant after the fire has passed.
    • If you decide to evacuate your home, remember that every second counts:
    • Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and make sure everyone in the family gathers at an agreed meeting place outside.
    • Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.
    • Practise feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
    • Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
    • Practice your family emergency plan / home escape plan frequently with your family.
    • Never return to a burning building for any reason, you could die.
    • Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a home fire.

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