538 homeless after Imizamo Yethu fire

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Cape Town - A total of 538 people were left homeless on Saturday after their shacks were gutted by a blaze at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Cape Town, said the city's disaster management.

A total of 128 dwellings were destroyed in the blaze which happened in the early hours of the morning.

"Emergency sheltering has been activated [at the] local community hall," said spokesperson Charlotte Powell.

The SA Red Cross Society has also provided relief, hot meals, blankets and clothing.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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