Humanitarian efforts under way to assist Masiphumelele fire victims

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Humanitarian efforts are under way in Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek in the Western Cape, where more than 4 000 people are homeless following a devastating fire on Thursday.
Over 1 000 shacks were gutted. Bulldozers and teams from the City’s Solid Waste department are on site clearing the debris.

Efforts to assist victims of a fire in Masiphumelele near Fishhoek in the Cape Peninsula are continuing. A raging fire…

Posted by SABC News Western Cape on Sunday, 20 December 2020

NGOs in the area have made appeals for food, clothing, baby nappies and formula.

It’s a race against time to clear the area. The city says site clearing is expected to continue well into next week. It says all those, who have been affected, have been verified with special assistance given to medically vulnerable people.

The clearing of debris is continuing following a fire which gutted more than 1 000 shacks at Masiphumele informal…

Posted by SABC News Western Cape on Sunday, 20 December 2020

Media Officer for Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, Lyndon Khan, says the declaration of a local disaster has now been formalised.

Many affected residents have sought shelter from friends and family.

The public has also responded generously in donating warm meals, goods and other resources.

Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers representative Ricardo Sedres says they have two pieces of clothing for every person.

“We literally have mountains of clothing and bedding and blankets and food. However, for 4 000 people who are homeless. 1 052 shacks is the official count its not nearly enough. We probably got enough for 2 pieces of clothing for every person.”

However, with over 4 000 people in need, relief agencies have appealed for more donations.

Relief efforts under way for Masiphumelele  fire victims: