Devastating fires in Knysna and surrounding towns have caused a trail of destruction and forced thousands to evacuate their property. Many lost their homes and several, their lives. The fire was propelled by strong winds from a storm that ravaged the affected area since Wednesday.
Damage in the Eden District so far is said to be beyond calculable, reports Overstrand Fire Chief, Lester Smith. “Our Firefighters from across the country are still working on containing fires around Knysna and we ask residents to please stay away from those areas,” he requested. Chief Smith also reminded motorists to give way to emergency vehicles.
Many Overstrand residents, various businesses, and charities have answered a call for much-needed donations for those who have lost everything. These have already been delivered during the past weekend, thanks to kind people who made their vehicles available and gave up their time to make the deliveries.