Johannesburg: thousands homeless as fire destroys township

Johannesburg: thousands homeless as fire destroys township
 

A fire has devastated one of the most crowded neighbourhoods of Johannesburg, destroying 500 homes and leaving thousands of people homeless.
The fire broke out late on Thursday afternoon in Alexandra, a township in the South African city that is home to more than 400,000 people.
“On arriving at the scene the firefighters were met with an inferno and immediately began to evacuate the residents in the area to safety,” said Michael Sun from the mayor’s office.
Thick black smoke rose from Alex, as the neighbourhood is known, as the fire roared below. Three fire engines were sent to the scene... read more

 
7 December 2018 in World News, Views: 203
Source: Guardian
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