ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

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2 November 2015

Mayor Visits Families Displaced By Fire In Lamontville

EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo today, 2 November 2015, visited displaced Lamontville residents whose homes were razed in a fire in the early hours of the morning.

Seven houses burnt down in the Mhlongo Informal Settlement. One person died while 23 others have been displaced losing all their belongings. The affected residents have since been moved to a Council building where they are receiving the necessary assistance.

The cause of the fire is unknown as the small informal settlement, consisting of only 15 homes, was electrified.

An assessment will be conducted by the City’s Emergency Control and Disaster Management Unit to determine what assistance is required by residents.

In the interim the displaced residents will be assisted with temporary housing, food, blankets and clothing until a long term solution is reached.

Mayor Nxumalo expressed his condolences on the tragedy and said the City would do everything within its means to assist affected residents.

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za 

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