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Masiphumelele: 2 dead, 4,000 homeless after shack fire

Thousands are trying to rebuild their lives following the devastating fire that ripped through Masiphumelele.

Two people died and at least 4,000 others have been left displaced following Masiphumelele shack fire on 29 November 2015. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of people are trying to rebuild their lives following a devastating fire that ripped through Masiphumelele.

Two people died and at least 4,000 others have been left displaced following yesterday's blaze that destroyed over 800 shacks.

Several Masiphumelele residents could be seen scratching through the debris, desperately trying to retrieve any valuable items from the rubble.

#Fire pic.twitter.com/H9TOKfhnDt

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Others were scurrying to clear the piece of land at sections D and E, to rebuild their homes

Residents have explained how the fire, fanned by strong winds, rapidly spread through the informal settlement and destroyed their homes before they could save any of their belongings.

#Fire Affected residents are collecting bread at the Masiphumelele Community hall. SF pic.twitter.com/Zp6yE9Y4Cy

#Fire firefighters are still on scene doing mop up operations. SF pic.twitter.com/7rPdqywdpP

#Fire These Masiphumelele residents sitting top a fridge they've managed to prevent from being destroyed in the fire pic.twitter.com/V3mvEHiR4J

The City of Cape Town is in the process of providing them with materials to rebuild their homes.

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Authorities have also confirmed another man has been killed in a shack fire in Langa.

The City Of Cape Town's Liesl Moodie said over 100 people have been displaced in Langa.

"We had approximately 100 structures destroyed by the fire which left approximately 180 people displaced.

One adult male died as the result of that fire due to fatal burn wounds."

Authorities are investigating the cause of another deadly blaze. More than 100 people are also homeless.

Ward Councillor, Mayenzeke Sopaqa, said building material for those affected by the fire has been arranged.

"They've already finished with the cleansing and everything. I'm already ordered material for them because firstly after we've done our assessment, and everybody must be re-registered in order to know who's affected."

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