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Several Reported Dead As Fire Guts Borno IDP Camp

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Several people are feared killed in a fire that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.
Uba added that a high-level delegation constituted by SEMA had visited Gajiram to assess the extent of damage and get first-hand information from those affected.

Meanwhile, a humanitarian organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council, said it gathered that eight people died and two others critically injured at the affected hospital.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, it noted that more than 10,000 homes were destroyed while about 15,000 people were displaced as a result of the inferno.

According to the organisation, the fire started as a result of a spark from a cooking stove used by a child preparing her food.

But an eye witness told Channels Television that the inferno was fuelled by a whirlwind, which made it spread fast, burning down shelters in the camp.

It said the victims of the incident were dispersed and seeking shelter under trees and many of them exposed to direct sunlight.

Three persons had died in a similar fire outbreak which occurred in February at an IDP camp in Monguno Local Government Area of the state.

Read the tweets below:

NIGERIA – Fire outbreak in a displacement site in Gajiram destroyed 10,000+ homes & left 15,000 displaced persons without shelter and with no other option but to flee again. Our team on the ground witnessed the fire and is currently assessing the damage (1) pic.twitter.com/FJJAEep6vg

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

NIGERIA – A hospital was caught in the fire, resulting in the death of 8 patients, while 2 remain seriously injured, according to our latest info.

Stock of grains and food are gone & the main water point in town collapsed, including the power house and reservoirs. (2) pic.twitter.com/vgrgENYUjc

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

NIGERIA – The source of the fire was a spark from a cooking stove, used by a child preparing her food. Immediately, the family shelter, made of dry vegetation, was ablaze. During the dry season, fire is a serious threat to 1,8M displaced people in North East Nigeria (3) pic.twitter.com/HdXsdIIBCN

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

The survivors of the fire are now left without shelters & clean water to drink & cook. They are dispersed, desperately seeking shelters under trees or under the direct sunlight. 6,000 children are reported to be among the affected as well as 4,000+ nursing or pregnant women. (4) pic.twitter.com/xI6rymJWwi

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019
The incident, which occurred on Thursday, claimed the lives of four people – two children and two elderly persons — according to the media officer of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ibrahim Uba.

He disclosed that no fewer than 4,000 households were affected by the fire while the only hospital in the community was also razed down.

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[ @vickzee2000: ] Several people are feared killed in a fire that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.
Uba added that a high-level delegation constituted by SEMA had visited Gajiram to assess the extent of damage and get first-hand information from those affected.

Meanwhile, a humanitarian organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council, said it gathered that eight people died and two others critically injured at the affected hospital.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, it noted that more than 10,000 homes were destroyed while about 15,000 people were displaced as a result of the inferno.

According to the organisation, the fire started as a result of a spark from a cooking stove used by a child preparing her food.

But an eye witness told Channels Television that the inferno was fuelled by a whirlwind, which made it spread fast, burning down shelters in the camp.

It said the victims of the incident were dispersed and seeking shelter under trees and many of them exposed to direct sunlight.

Three persons had died in a similar fire outbreak which occurred in February at an IDP camp in Monguno Local Government Area of the state.

Read the tweets below:

NIGERIA – Fire outbreak in a displacement site in Gajiram destroyed 10,000+ homes & left 15,000 displaced persons without shelter and with no other option but to flee again. Our team on the ground witnessed the fire and is currently assessing the damage (1) pic.twitter.com/FJJAEep6vg

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

NIGERIA – A hospital was caught in the fire, resulting in the death of 8 patients, while 2 remain seriously injured, according to our latest info.

Stock of grains and food are gone & the main water point in town collapsed, including the power house and reservoirs. (2) pic.twitter.com/vgrgENYUjc

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

NIGERIA – The source of the fire was a spark from a cooking stove, used by a child preparing her food. Immediately, the family shelter, made of dry vegetation, was ablaze. During the dry season, fire is a serious threat to 1,8M displaced people in North East Nigeria (3) pic.twitter.com/HdXsdIIBCN

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019

The survivors of the fire are now left without shelters & clean water to drink & cook. They are dispersed, desperately seeking shelters under trees or under the direct sunlight. 6,000 children are reported to be among the affected as well as 4,000+ nursing or pregnant women. (4) pic.twitter.com/xI6rymJWwi

— NRC (@NRC_Norway) March 16, 2019
The incident, which occurred on Thursday, claimed the lives of four people – two children and two elderly persons — according to the media officer of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ibrahim Uba.

He disclosed that no fewer than 4,000 households were affected by the fire while the only hospital in the community was also razed down.

may God guide them

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I am a smart,simple and religious person
May God help them

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May protect them at anywhere

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So pitiful, such people lost their lives accidentally,may their sins be forgiven

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We share the sorrow of the victims

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It's bad news, what a pity

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Meanwhile, a humanitarian organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council, said it gathered that eight people died and two others critically injured at the affected hospital.

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