#KnysnaFire is contained (but it looks like Armageddon)

People need toiletries, sanitary towels and nappies.

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

The Western Cape Local Government Department is scrambling to restore essential services to areas affected by this week’s massive storm and devastating fire.

The Knysna fire death toll has risen to five people.

This comes after volunteer firefighter Bradley Richards died after sustaining severe burns across 70% of his body.

Infrastructure damage in Knysna include:

  • 300 telephone poles destroyed (replacements are on their way from other parts of the country)

  • 15 kilometres of fibre optic and copper cables have been damaged.

  • Water supply is running low (due to intense firefighting operations)

Thousands of people are displaced.

Some areas have been declared safe, but residents have not yet been allowed to return home.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed Knysna municipal spokesperson Fran Kirsten.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

The fires are contained.

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

There are no further evacuations.

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

My home burned down in 1997… I speak of experience…

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

We’re asking residents to travel to Sedgefield to collect water.

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

When I look out of the window; it’s Armageddon out there.

Fran Kirsten, Knysna municipal spokesperson

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This article first appeared on 702 : #KnysnaFire is contained (but it looks like Armageddon)


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