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Imizamo Yethu residents pick up pieces after fire

A number of people died and more than 15,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through the area on Saturday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of residents whose shacks were gutted in a fire in Imizamo Yethu hope to start rebuilding their homes later this week.

A number of people died and more than 15,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through the area on Saturday.

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

Imizamo Yethu resident Nandipha Breakfast lost all her belongings in the devastating blaze that destroyed over 3,000 shacks.

She and her family now call a local community hall home.

“When you live in a township, you live by hope. This is why you see me being positive, but inside I’m broken.”

Breakfast told Eyewitness News that even though it's not the first time their shack has been destroyed in a fire, this weekend's blaze is by far the worst.

“The fire started on the other side. I was over there helping other people not knowing that it would cross over.”

Breakfast, like many of the other displaced residents, is waiting for direction from city officials to guide the rebuilding of their new homes.

This was just one of several deadly fires that occurred across the Cape over the past few days.

DONATIONS STREAM IN

Relief aid is pouring in for thousands of residents. The blaze killed at least two people and destroyed hundreds of shacks.

Capetonians say it's critical that fellow residents open their hearts.

“We donated some blankets and clothes,” one resident said.

Another resident has called on officials to find a solution to shack fires.

“We’re trying to provide emergency relief. We have to find a way to stop this from happening over and over again.”

Meanwhile, the Silikamva High School in Hout Bay has opened its doors to fire victims.

The school's deputy principal Dianne Morgan says aid is available.

“There’s food available at the school’s kitchen. Bedding and clothes are also being made available. We have been extremely lucky and many teachers have come forward to assists as well the community.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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