More people have died in the Joburg central business district fire than in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

A fire that started in the early hours of 14 June 2017 in the 24-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, continued burning for 60 hours. There were 72 deaths, 2 of which occurred in hospitals, over 70 injuries, and 223 survivors.

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For months, maybe even years, after the fire, it was all anyone could talk about throughout the world. Public policy, safety laws, social issues, and community responses all came under scrutiny.
The incident also brought attention to the larger problem of social and housing inequities in the UK. Since many Grenfell Tower inhabitants came from underprivileged backgrounds, the tragedy has prompted discussions regarding whether or not affordable housing is meeting the needs of people of all income levels.

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Concerns have also been expressed concerning the squalor and vulnerability of the informal homes that house poor economic migrants in Johannesburg’s central business district.
The death toll from the fire that broke out just after midnight on Wednesday at the building on Albert street has risen to 74 as of publication.

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More than a dozen people are being cared for at hospitals all throughout the city with various ailments. Twelve of the fatalities, as reported by the Gauteng Health Department, were young people.

Body identification for fire victims begins on Friday.
The Gauteng Health Department has announced that the families of those who perished in the Johannesburg CBD fire will be able to identify their loved ones’ bodies beginning on Friday, September 1, 2023.
Taxi companies lost R16 million daily due to recent strikes, as reported here.
Diepkloof morgue in Soweto, where the victims of the Johannesburg CBD fire have been transported, will be open all weekend, according to the provincial health department. It also mentions that counseling will be provided to help the families cope with the tragedy.

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