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Don't return to your homes yet, Knysna Municipality urges evacuated residents

The lush vegetation that usually greets motorists upon entering Knysna has been reduced to a charred landscape.

A thick cloud of smoke blankets the entire town of Knysna as the fire rages on. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Knysna Municipality has urged evacuated residents not to return to their homes at this stage.

Thousands have been forced to flee their properties while four people have died in the blaze.

A light drizzle will hopefully help contain the blaze which has been raging since Tuesday. But the damage has already been done.

The lush vegetation that usually greets motorists upon entering Knysna, has been reduced to a charred landscape.

Collapsed power lines cut through the devastation. And a thick cloud of smoke blankets the entire town.

An assortment of emergency vehicle race along the N2 and through the town’s streets attending to hot spots.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities in the raging fires and powerful storms in the Western Cape has risen to nine.

The body of a three-year-old child was found in the Southern Cape overnight.

At least four people have died in the blaze. Between eight and 10 thousand people are believed to have been forced to flee.

The Southern Cape has now become the primary focus for firefighters - with residents now being evacuated.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says she is working to ensure that all residents are safe.

"We have a major crisis in the Southern Cape, many of the people who were evacuated from Knysna last night on buses from George, are now in George. And so I am going to make sure that everything is alright with the people there as far as possible."

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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