Task team to help rebuild Knysna after June inferno

More than 700 homes were completely destroyed, and seven lives were lost, in the blaze that crippled the Eden District last month.

Things we lost in the fire. Remnants of lives. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – A specialised task team has been set up to assist in rebuilding the Southern Cape town of Knysna following the devastating fire.

More than 700 homes were completely destroyed in the blaze that crippled the Eden District last month.

Seven people died in the blaze.

Runaway fires in Knysna affected around 1600 housing units.

Of these, 700 homes were completely destroyed and 150 informal settlement structures were razed to the ground.

Knysna Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies says a war room has been set up to fast track the municipality's rebuilding program.

Besides fighting the effects of the fires, the Southern Cape town now also faces a severe water crisis.

Funds have been made available by the Western Cape government to kick-start relief efforts in the region.
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LISTEN: Strong winds fan flames and the Knysna fires grow