Watch local residents of Mariental Municipality flee a raging fire tornado in Nambia.
WATCH THE RESIDENTS FLEE FROM THE FIRE TORNADO
According to the media, the fire broke out on Wednesday. Several people were injured in the fire.
One of the injured is Mayor Enrico Junius, who suffered 60% burns, while another person suffered 100% burns. Both were flown to South Africa for treatment.
The fire covered an area of about 8 to 10 kilometers (km) and also caused damage to about four or five nearby farms.
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At this point, it is clear that there is loss of grazing on some surrounding farms, but the extent of the damage remains to be determined – as well as the cause of the fire.
According to ranger Sean Naude, who was on the scene, it was a huge fire. Several roads in the area have been closed.
“The mayor is currently in intensive care with 60% burns, and another Rehoboth resident who has 100% burns is also in intensive care, as their conditions require a sterile environment.”
Marshall ranger Sean Naudé
Thursday night the fire was still blazing, burning near the mountains after being extinguished near the road.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN VELD FIRES APPROACH YOUR PROPERTY
What to do when veld fire approaches your property:
- Decide if it is safer to stay or leave.
- Wear protective clothing and footwear.
- Prepare emergency food and medical supplies.
- Move livestock to safer areas.
- Listen to the radio for news updates.
- Wet the garden and the house, especially on the side of the approaching fire.
- Plug the gutters and fill them with water.
- Fill bathtubs, buckets and garbage cans with water in case of a water shortage and have mops handy.
- Seal any gaps between the doors and the floor using damp towels or similar items.
- Close all windows and doors.
- If you decide to stay, go inside and stay there until the fire is over.
- Bring fire hoses and other firefighting equipment inside with you.
- Check the inside of the house, including the roof cavity, and extinguish any small fires immediately.
- Stay vigilant after the passage of fire.
- If you decide to evacuate your home, remember that every second counts:
- Escape first, then call for help. Develop a fire escape plan and ensure that all family members meet at an agreed meeting place outside.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from each room.
- Practice feeling your way with your eyes closed.
- Never stand in a fire, always crawl through the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
- Practice your family emergency plan / home escape plan with your family frequently.
- Never come back into a burning building for any reason, you could die.
- Finally, having a working smoke detector greatly increases your chances of surviving a home fire.
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