Fires and worst storm in decades kill nine people in South Africa

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A firefighter has died in the line of duty while fighting the raging Knysna fire in the Eden District Municipality. Jo Grove Facebook

"It comes on the back of the worst storm seen in the Western Cape in at least 30 years‚" Styan said.

"Humanitarian support is being co-ordinated for an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 residents of the greater Knysna area, after devastating fires last night", said James-Brent Styan, spokesman for the Western Cape local government ministry.

Eight people were killed Wednesday, including a family of four who died after their home caught fire caused by lightning.

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There are also reports that a bystander was shot in the head in the crossfire and at least seven people have been stabbed. In May 2017, a suicide bomber blew up in an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester , killing 23 adults and children.

Nearly 10 000 people were forced to evacuate their homes from about 20 suburbs and at least 300 structures were completely destroyed, with many more still in danger, the provincial ministry for local government said.

A 3-year-old toddler died on his birthday alongside his parents as they tried to escape fire and smoke, local media reported on Thursday.

Other deaths occurred in Cape Town and parts of Western Cape Province.

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Wind speeds from the storm, which struck late Tuesday, were as fast as 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour, and sea swells reached as high as 12 meters (39 feet).

Strong winds from a storm that hit the coastline on Wednesday were fanning multiple blazes, which destroyed dozens of homes and also damaged an evacuated hospital and a school. The national weather service has warned of flash floods in Cape Town and other low lying areas. About 2,500 people were forced to leave their homes.

Firefighters are now battling 26 active fires, made worse by a "storm front" that has flooded nearby Cape Town but fanned the flames around the well-heeled seaside town of Knysna and the neighboring Plettenberg Bay.

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This is the winter period in the southern hemisphere and Cape Town can expect around 85 millimetres of rain during June.

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