The tally of houses completely destroyed by the Garden Route fires has risen to a staggering 1 059, according to the Knysna municipality’s fire disaster damage register, reports the Knysna-Plett Herald. The number of houses that were just damaged in the fires has risen to 385. The runaway fires, that began on June 7 and burned along a 300km fire line for nearly two weeks, stretched from Great Brak to outside Port Elizabeth.
Photo: Julie Gosling/GroundUp Duane Gervais, right, in the rubble of his uncle’s Knysna Heights house that was one of 846 houses in the Garden Route town gutted by fire. By Melanie GoslingA major problem fighting the massive fires that ravaged Knysna was the lack of communications and electricity outages, said local councillor Mark Willemse. Landlines were down and Cell C and MTN were not operating. Vodacom was working. "Comms was an issue. We used SMSes and loud hailers.
A major problem fighting the massive fires that ravaged Knysna was the lack of communications and electricity outages, said local councillor Mark Willemse. Landlines were down and Cell C and MTN were not operating. Vodacom was working. “Comms were an issue. We used SMSes and loud hailers. One thing we can work on better and can change is communications,” Willemse said at a report-back meeting in the town on Tuesday.
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