Mkhululi Ndamase and Sive Zuzile
GALE-FORCE winds with gusts of up to 179km/h, according to the municipality , wreaked havoc in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, fanning fires, blowing out store windows, lifting roofs and bringing down trees.
A container ship was also swept loose from its moorings and into two other vessels by the wind.
Several people were injured by flying debris.
In New Brighton’s Chris Hani informal settlement a fire fanned by the wind destroyed more than 300 shacks and left about 2000 people homeless.
The fire, which broke out at about noon, is thought to have been started by people who were burning paper.
Firefighters were still at the scene last night in case of a flare-up.
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