Sunday, August 29, 1999 Published at 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Cape Town tornado kills three
Hundreds are feared to have been left homeless
At least three people have been killed in a freak storm which wrecked buildings in a suburb of Cape Town.
Spokesman Captain Jacques Wiese said two women had died when their homes collapsed on top of them.
Cape Town City Council spokeswoman Leonora da Souza-Zilwa said there had been unconfirmed reports that several more people had died, with some sources putting the death toll at seven.
The damage was contained within an area measuring about 1km by 2km (1,000 yards by one mile).
Witnesses said the storm was accompanied by thunder and lightning.
As residents try to gather their belongings and seek shelter with friends or relatives, there are reports of looting in an area which is notorious for criminal activity.
Soldiers are patrolling the streets to try to prevent further thefts.