#KnysnaFires contained, town may be declared disaster area

The Western Cape Government has announced that it will be redirecting funds to under Section 25 of the Provincial Finance Management Act, to provide support for those affected by devastating fires in Knysna.

The fires which have been ravaging the Eden Valley region have led to 10 000 residents being displaced.

Five people have died and over a hundred homes have been destroyed.

The Provinces Finance MEC, Ian Meyer spoke to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the funds and how these will be allocated.

This is definitely a crisis. I have now personally met with my staff from the provincial budget office and I have also asked them to do a baseline assessment over the coming weekend because we haven't seen the full scale of this devastation and the extent of the fires.

Ian Meyer, Western Cape Finance MEC

Read: Firefighter dies battling Knysna fire, death toll rises to 5

Also read: KnysnaFire: Patients evacuated from hospital

Over the weekend they will do some basic assessments which will also allow me to proceed to the cabinet, For example to me it is very concerning that the Western Cape has also lost some schools, hospitals and some road infrastructure.

Ian Meyer, Western Cape Finance MEC

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....

Meanwhile the Knysna Municipality says the wildfire has been contained.

Water-bombing and ground operations will continue on Friday morning.

Additional firefighters have been deployed to the Plettenberg Bay area where a fire is spreading.

The municipal council will next week deliberate on whether to ask government to declare the community a disaster area.

Business have in the meantime pulled together resources in order to provide relief in the area.

Click on the link below to find out which companies have provided assistance...

WATCH: A resident films the Knysna wild fires as she drives through the area where thousands of people have been evacuated.


This article first appeared on 702 : #KnysnaFires contained, town may be declared disaster area


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