Fatal veldfire havoc in KZN

2014-06-16 21:13
(File, Volksblad)

(File, Volksblad)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - About seven people have died in runaway veld fires fanned by gale force winds in KwaZulu-Natal, the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) said on Monday.

"Runaway veld fires, propelled by gale force winds, left a trail of destruction resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of property," Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said in a statement.

He said the number of deaths caused by the veld fires in the province, were unconfirmed as processes of certification still had to be confirmed and the next of kin had to be informed.

However, the department would visit the area and conduct preliminary findings.

SABC radio news placed the death toll at seven. Mabaso said KwaZulu-Natal Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube had dispatched disaster relief teams to parts of the province, including KwaMnyathi, Kokstad and some parts of the uGu district.

"AbaQulusi and Kokstad Municipalities are reported to be the worst affected."

The disaster teams worked throughout the weekend to save several people and animals who were caught in the fire.

"The families that have been affected by the fires are currently receiving assistance and disaster relief kits have been dispatched to the families," said Mabaso.

Households were also evacuated in areas where further fire damage was possible. "The priority at this stage is to contain the fire and where possible rescue people," said Mabaso.

"Once we move to a 'green zone 'in terms of the fire index, we will then embark on a programme to take stock of the damage."

Dube-Ncube urged the community to remain on full alert as the fire index remained in a dangerous zone.

"MEC Dube-Ncube warned that the province is still experiencing high levels of humidity and strong winds and remains on the high risk of exposure to veld fires," he said.

The cause of the wild fire was unknown, but the department would confirm the preliminary findings on the impact of the fire once legal verification mechanisms were completed.

The department would also work with other sector departments, such as home affairs and human settlements, to assist people with lost identity documents and birth certificates.

"We appeal to all sectors of society to lend a helping hand in assisting of families that have been affected by the fires," said Mabaso.

- SAPA

Read more on:    cogta  |  pietermaritzburg  |  fires
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 20:17 PM
    Road name: MetroRail
    Due to extensive vandalism on the Central Line a limited Bus Service will operate between Nyanga/Chris Hani and Nyanga/Kapteinsklip - EXPECT DELAYS
  • Wednesday Montague Gardens - 19:58 PM
    Road name: Montague Drive
    ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - expect DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R2499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.