Swakop fire victims to be resettled

26 July 2021 | Accidents



Swakopmund CEO Archie Benjamin says victims of the recent DRC informal settlement fire will soon be relocated.

An emergency meeting was held between the Swakopmund municipality and the local constituency office to deliberate on mitigation measures for the victims, who are currently residing at the Mondesa Sports Field, he said.

“One of the alternatives is to build shelters where the fire took place. The municipality and constituency office are galvanising funding to construct these structures in the shortest possible time.”

The CEO added that some of the victims prefer not to return to the site where the fire took place.

“Those victims can be relocated to Extension 43 behind DRC and their structures can be constructed there,” he said.

Benjamin said the Swakopmund town council is in the process of addressing housing for low to ultra-low income earners by constructing houses in the DRC informal settlement as approved by the master-housing list.

Helping hand

In the meantime, the fire victims continue to receive food and other donations since moving to the sports field. They currently reside in nine tents provided to them by the town council. Namibia Breweries has also stepped in to help by donating a large tent as well as water.

The victims, who lost all their belongings in the blaze, were also offered matrasses and blankets.

Although there were no fatalities, 33 shacks were destroyed in the fire last weekend.

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