Six killed in KZN fire

By Drum Digital
17 June 2014

Gale force winds in KwaZulu-Natal fanned veld fires which have killed six people.

Four people died in Kokstad and two in the AbaQulusi/Vryheid municipality,co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said in a statement.

"Today after conducting the detailed assessment on the impact we can confirm that there were 200 households which were affected across the province and a total of six people lost their lives... six people were injured," Dube-Ncube said.

She and agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba visited affected areas to offer assistance.

She told those affected that the SA Social Security Agency, home affairs and human settlements departments would help them reapply for identity documents, birth certificates, and houses.

Xaba told farmers the department would give them emergency feed.

Households in areas threatened by fires were evacuated.

- SAPA

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