The department said the fire destroyed 111 households, leaving over 300 people homeless in the Masinenge informal settlement in Port Shepstone at the weekend. One person died in the fire, another suffered minor to moderate injuries on the face and was treated at the scene.

A provisional disaster team compromising various government department, local and district municipalities, public agencies and non-governmental organisations has been on the ground providing relief.

So far the disaster response team has provided over 400 blankets, 166 plastic sheeting and 200 mattresses to the victims.

The fire happens on Saturday 08 July 2023 and the investigation into the cause of fire is on-going.


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