Shack fires: Over 200 homeless in Hout Bay

The blaze in the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement broke out yesterday afternoon.

Over 200 people have been left homeless after a fire swept through the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Over 200 Hout Bay residents have been left homeless after a fire swept through the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement yesterday.

Disaster teams battled to control the blaze after it broke out just after 2pm yesterday afternoon.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says additional emergency vehicles had to be dispatched to the scene when the fire spread to the mountain.

"We have opened the community hall but are also providing social relief aid in terms of food parcels, clothing, blankets and hot meals. Building material will also be brought to the area."

Solomons- Johannes says relief efforts will continue throughout the weekend.

"The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and our disaster management teams will work with the families throughout the weekend to rebuild their homes."