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ANCYL to assist Valhalla Park fire victims

Around 1,400 people were left homeless from Monday's devastating fire.

Children and their parents are seen walking around the burnt out remains of their Valhalla Park homes after a massive blaze. 23 December 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape is planning to set up a committee to help residents affected by the devastating fire in Valhalla Park.

The blaze ripped through the informal settlement on Monday destroying almost half of the dwellings in the area.

City officials say 350 of the 585 dwellings in the area were destroyed and around 1,400 people have been left homeless.

The ANCYL's Muhammad Khalid Sayed says community members will form part of the proposed committee.

At the same time, Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says engineers will redevelop the stricken area this week.

"We have the opportunity now that the site has been cleared to introduce firebreaks, additional electricity connections and other municipal services."

MORE WC RESIDENTS DISPLACED

More Western Cape residents have been displaced over the past 24 hours following shack fires in Malawi Camp Informal Settlement, Bonteheuwel and Atlantis.

Around 20 people have been left homeless.

Solomons-Johannes says no one was injured.

"Disaster management teams are currently with families trying to provide relief but also to ensure we can assist them with rebuilding their homes."