Fires leave 120 homeless in Cape Town

2012-02-12 16:55
Cape Town - Several fires left 120 people homeless in Cape Town this weekend, the city's disaster risk management centre said on Sunday.

Eighty-eight people were left homeless following shack fires on Friday night and Saturday morning in Ocean View and the Philippi informal settlements of Brown's Farm and Sweet Homes Informal Settlements, said disaster risk management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

Three more fires at Lwandle, Wallacedene, and Strand, left 102 people homeless and destroyed 32 shacks, he said.

On Saturday night, a fire at the Lwandle informal settlement near Strand, destroyed 11 shacks and left 26 people displaced.

Later that night, a fire destroyed a backyard shack in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, displacing four people.

A fire on Sunday morning, in Mpumlani village informal settlement near Strand, destroyed 20 shacks, affecting 72 people.

In total, the fires destroyed 120 shacks and left 120 people homeless.

No one was injured.

Disaster response teams from the city would provide food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material to people affected by the fires, said Solomons-Johannes.
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