Date: 2023-07-18 14:01:44
More Than 1000 Displaced Persons Being Assisted Following Kennedy Road Fire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 JULY 2023
EThekwini Municipality is currently assisting the thousands of people displaced following the fire at Kennedy Road informal settlement in the early hours of Sunday, 16 July 2023.
The fire, which took the life of one 25-year-old male from the Eastern Cape also left four people injured, destroyed 1101 homes, leaving 1710 adults and 647 children without a roof over their heads.
In addition to their homes, residents lost belongings, legal documentation as well as other essentials.
Municipal Disaster Management teams have conducted assessments and have organized the provision of humanitarian support for the affected families.
NGOs such as Gift of the Givers, Meals on Wheels and Red Cross have worked closely with the City and together they have managed to assist with the provision of hots meals, mattresses, blankets, baby hampers and mobile toilets.
Water tankers have also been made available.
Our Human Settlements Department is currently capturing the beneficiary list for the provision of building materials.
The affected residents have been housed in the local community hall, though many have opted to stay near their sites due to fear of losing them.
Relief efforts continue.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality.