On Wednesday, a raging inferno swept through the town of Knysna, leaving many homes and properties damaged and burned to the ground.
Speaking to CapeTalk's, Pippa Hudson, Eleanor Bouw-Spies, Executive Mayor at Knysna Municipality, says she has never experienced such devastation.
The town received some soft rains on Thursday afternoon, bringing some much-needed relief for the residents.
We are hoping we'll have some more downfall soon. I think it's already calmed down the blazes.— Eleanor Bouw-Spies, Executive Mayor at Knysna Municipality
Bouw-Spies says they are cautiously optimistic that the fires will be put out by the end of the day. She urges that those placed in places of safety, should remain until all threats have been cleared.
Two to three thousand people have been evacuated.— Eleanor Bouw-Spies, Executive Mayor at Knysna Municipality
Bouw-Spies confirms that there have been four fatalities she is aware of so far.
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