Hundreds of Durban homes destroyed in South Africa

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by fire in a poor area of ​​the South African port city of Durban.

One person is known to have died in the fire that engulfed the informal Kennedy Road encampment early Sunday morning, but it is feared that more bodies may be found.

Video footage shows the twisted remains of corrugated iron used to build the shacks amid the smoldering debris.

You can see people trying to get their things back.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. However, some eyewitnesses say it started when two people, who had been drinking, got into an argument.

A spokesman for the South African Red Cross described it as a disaster and estimated that around 1,000 huts were destroyed, leaving some 3,000 people homeless.

Siyabonga Hlatshwayo told the eNCA news site that the Red Cross had distributed hot meals, mattresses and blankets to those affected and he appealed to the public for more donations.

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