Here's how you can help Wupperthal residents displaced by devastating fire

The community of Wupperthal, near Clanwilliam, is still reeling after a fire ravaged the historic village on Sunday.

Volunteers, as well as municipal and provincial government officials, are working on a crisis intervention to provide aid to all those affected by the devastating blaze.

AJ Van Rooy Brandt, a native of Wupperthal, has been coordinating a collection drive from the public.

Read: Call for relief aid for residents of fire ravaged Wupperthal

Dozens of homes and other structures were gutted in the fire.

At least 54 houses were razed to the ground. The community hall, the school hostel, a restaurant, shopping centre and the Moravian church parsonage were also destroyed.

Brandt says over 200 residents have been left displaced by the blaze which has traumatised the small rural community.

After the fire, it's just been extremely traumatising, not just for the inhabitants but for the volunteers too.

AJ Van Rooy Brandt, Wupperthal resident and community coordinator

Events like fire disasters totally disturb everything that is unique to Wupperthal.

AJ Van Rooy Brandt, Wupperthal resident and community coordinator

The community's most urgent needs right now are toiletries, underwear for all ages, school supplies, clothes and bottled water.

You can contact Brandt on 076 6865816 or email kkpp.mediationpractice@gmail.com for more details on how to assist.

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