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2013’s bleak first week

Western Cape

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.

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Cape Town - 130106 - Shack fires in different parts of Khayelitsha over the weekend left at least 2 people dead and many more without homes. Pictured is Phumeza Yokwe (hat), Noluvuyo Gwavu (blue shirt) and Sinalo Nomtebeyi (back) looking at the shack that Anele Mkele died in. Reporter: Nontando Mposo PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID RITCHIE

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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