MEDIA RELEASE
  
28 April 2016
 
For Immediate Release
 
Relief for Ward 34 Fire Victims
 
EThekwini Municipality’s Emergency Services intervention has brought some respite to the families that were left homeless early this week following a fire incident at Ward 34 in Seacow Lake.
 
Services offered to the affected residents included blankets, mattresses, food hampers as well as a marquee as short term assistance.
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, said: “We understand the difficulties that the families are experiencing and we are doing everything to provide relief measures. The Municipal relevant departments, councillors and ward committee members will continue to monitor the situation and provide necessary support while a more permanent solution is being sought."
 
Nxumalo thanked non-profit organisations, community structures, government departments and private sector for swiftly responding to the plight of the Ward 34 residents. “Today, 28 April 2016, a soup kitchen provided hot meals to the affected residents in the area.”
The incident left about 140 people, including women and children, homeless when a fire engulfed the Sea Cow Lake informal settlement at approximately 13:00pm on Tuesday.
 
Assessments conducted by the City's Disaster Management Department found that 56 families and 42 structures were affected. No injuries or deaths occurred as a result of the fire and the cause of inferno has not been established.
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson, Thulani Mbatha.
For more information members of the media can contact Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or email: thulani.mbatha1@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
 
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