2013’s bleak first week

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iol news pic ca fire sad done INLSA Sinalo Nomtebeyi, Noluvuyo Gwavu and Phumeza Yokwe look at the burnt-out shack in which Anele Mkele died Picture: David Ritchie

Cape Town - The death toll from fires in informal settlements in the first week of the New Year in Cape Town has risen to seven – following a fresh round of blazes at the weekend.

One of three deaths at the weekend saw a victim of the massive blaze that hit Khayelitsha on New Year’s Day – which left 4 000 people homeless and killed four others - succumb to injuries. Two others died in weekend fires in Du Noon and Khayelitsha.

More than 100 people were left destitute by the latest blazes, said Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons- Johannes.

Meanwhile, relief efforts to support those who lost everything in the fires continued across the city. A number of drop-off points have been set up for residents to leave donations.

Cape Argus

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