Sunday, May 13, 2007

Number of children deaths rise in shack fires

By Tarryn Le Chat
13 May 2007


A 10-year-old boy inside pounded against the windows in a vain bid to save his life and that of his two siblings as the flames engulfed his Wesbank home.

The children’s mother and neighbour’s watched in horror as the shack burned down, killing Michaela Jones, Shahida Mohammed, six, and two-year-old Abubukar Mohammed.

It had just past midnight when a neighbour, Heather Wagenaar, 18, heard an explosion “like a petrol bomb” from the home across the street. Wagenaar, her aunt and mother rushed out the street to see a fire destroying the home of Portia Mohammed and her three children.

Where there was once a family of four, there remained a grief-stricken mother and the charred remains of a small tin shack.

Wilfred Solomons of Disaster and Risk Management says the number of deaths of children rose to five in Cape Town since Friday.

2 Comments:

At Friday, 25 January, 2008, Blogger Gavinini said...

What can we do about this?
We are trying to install cameras that can pick up the fires and link them to a location on the map of Cape Town. Visibility is important - we need to be withing 6km of the fire to see it while it is small and still have a quick camera lap time.
Anyone with a good view of the areas at risk must please contact me. We are looking at providing free broadband in return for a safe place to put a camera with a good view of the township.

 
At Friday, 25 January, 2008, Blogger Gavinini said...

What can we do about this?
We are trying to install cameras that can pick up the fires and link them to a location on the map of Cape Town. Visibility is important - we need to be withing 6km of the fire to see it while it is small and still have a quick camera lap time.
Anyone with a good view of the areas at risk must please contact me. We are looking at providing free broadband in return for a safe place to put a camera with a good view of the township.

 

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