Financial implications of Garden Route fires: Tim Harris

The Western Cape is starting to count the cost of violent storms that hit the province last week and devastating fires which were then propelled by those storms.

The fires ripped along the Garden Route in the Southern Cape, wreaking havoc in Knysna and other popular tourist towns. Today firefighters continued to tackle flare-ups, but the focus has shifted to recovery and repair. From the storms along nearly 150 schools were damaged. According to early reports on fire damage, around 450 structures were damaged in Knysna, including 24 tourism establishments. Losses caused by the fires and storms could cost the insurance industry billions. The country’s largest short-term insurer, Santam had received more than a thousand claims by Friday.

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