Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hundreds of shacks destroyed in Khayelitsha blaze

Fire fighters battled to extinguish a huge blaze amongst shacks in Khayelitsha yesterday, in which one man died. Between 250 and 300 shacks have been destroyed by the blaze at V-Section in Site B informal settlement, leaving hundreds of people homeless for the night. City of Cape town officials assisted in organising community halls and churches as well as blankets and meals for the night. It is not yet clear what caused the fire, and details of the damage are only expected to emerge at first light this morning. Disaster Management Spokesperson Johan Minnie says a fire fighter and a member of the public were hospitalised for smoke inhalation. Meanwhile rainy weather has moved in over the Cape Peninsula.


If you can assist the people of Khayelitsha who have been left homeless by the fire, please call us here at Bush Radio. You can also come and drop off non-perishable food, clothing and blankets. Bush Radio will deliver it to the people of Khayelitsha.
You will find us here:
330 Victoria Road
Salt River
(tel) +27 21 448 5450
We welcome your contribution. Every bit will make a difference.


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