Assessment reports over 1,200 people affected in South Africa’s Langa fire

The recent fire in Cape Town’s Langa has affected over 1,200 people, according to initial assessments.

The fire needed support from numerous departments and took nearly six hours to extinguish. The City said at least four fire hoses were cut, which significantly affected firefighting efforts.

Fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported but over 1,200 people are believed to have been affected; particularly as residences were destroyed.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, with investigations ongoing.

A statement made to IOL by Acting Mayor Councillor Zahid Badroodien said: “The City’s Disaster Risk Management team, Informal Settlements Branch and Sassa are conducting the registration of all those impacted by the fire. Sassa and Gift of the Givers will be supporting with humanitarian relief, which includes food and toiletries, over the next few days.

“Water and Sanitation is on-site and will supply standpipes for water and will address the damaged toilets. Solid Waste Management will conduct the cleaning process tomorrow once the registration of residents has been completed.”

Badroodien said Disaster Risk Management would be making donation points available for residents affected by the blaze where blankets, non-perishable food, diapers, baby food, sanitary items and other materials can be dropped off. He added: “We appeal to all community members and leadership structures to work with City services as we, the City, will continue to support the affected community.”

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