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Number of Imizamo Yethu residents affected by fire rises to at least 15,000

The blaze swept through the Hout Bay community on Saturday, claiming at least two lives.

Hout Bay residents have begun to rebuild their homes after a devastating fire ravaged through Mandela Park. Picture:  Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says the number of people affected by the devastating Mandela Park fire in Imizamo Yethu has risen to 15,000.

The blaze swept through the Hout Bay community on Saturday, claiming at least two lives.

WATCH: After the fire... Hout Bay residents begin to rebuild

A long queue of residents affected by the fire was stationed outside the Iziko Lobomi Hout Bay Christian Community Hall.

City of Cape Town officials have been compiling a register with details of residents affected by the blaze.

They say this information will aid them in providing the necessary relief aid to fire victims.

Preliminary information reveal that 3,500 informal structures have been gutted in the blaze.

Officials, however, fear this figure could rise.

More details regarding the exact number of people affected by the blaze will be released once the registration process has been completed.

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