1,200 homes destroyed in Kya Sands fire

Officials say around 2,000 people are destitute after two separate fires in the informal settlement last week.

Officials say around 2,000 people are destitute after two separate fires in the informal settlement last week. Picture: iWN

JOHANNESBURG - Officials from the City of Johannesburg estimate more than 1,200 homes have been destroyed after two separate fires ripped through the Kya Sands informal settlement last week, leaving around 2,000 people destitute.

The municipality is expected to work with various government departments to address socio-economic issues that will arise as a result of the blaze.

And the Health and Education Departments are expected to visit the informal settlement in coming days.

On Saturday officials from the Home Affairs Department went to the fire stricken area, to assist those who had lost their identification documents and birth certificates.

One Kya Sands resident says his children are unable to go to school, as they've lost all their books.

"They don't have books and they don't have clothes, all their things are burnt."

While the Housing Department in Gauteng has promised to supply locals with tents, residents, in the meantime, are using whatever pieces of material they can find, to rebuild their homes.