24 Aug 2019

 

Korok East Fire Victims Received NFI & Shelter

“One hundred and fifty-eight households have been affected. The situation is very tragic because all the properties are destroyed by the fire,” Rizik said.

By Thiik Abraham

AWEIL, [GURTONG] May 22, 2019
Following the deadly fire outbreak in 3 villages of Korok East of Lol state few days ago, a delegation of youth and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) responded by distributing a variety of food and Non-food items, clothes, utensils and other basic materials to the recently affected population of Korok East.
According to Humanitarian and local reports on ground, it was confirmed that at least 37 people died of the stormy fire outbreak, which occurred on May 5th in 3 villages of Korok East, namely Makuach, Mayomdit and Rup and other hundreds of thousands displaced. Over 50 patients have been admitted at Aweil Civil Hospital under the Medicines Sans Frontieres-French (MSF-F) care.
At least over 30 heads of cattle have been confirmed dead so far and several other houses, including food and non-food items, burnt during the incident leaving the entire population with thwarting hunger gap, diseases and shelters.
On Monday, Aweil hospital director, Reec Mathok Diing, said that 19 patients out of the 53 fire victims were discharged after their conditions had improved. He said the rest are still receiving medication and will soon be discharged too when their health conditions improve.
Meanwhile 5 hardtop landcruisers yesterday carried various food and non-food items to the victims on the site of accident for distribution which were generously contributed by the population of greater Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
Meanwhile, governor of Lol State, Rizik Zacharia Hassan, said majority of the victims were children and the elderly people who succumbed to first degree burns as they were being rushed to a hospital in Aweil. “One hundred and fifty-eight households have been affected. The situation is very tragic because all the properties are destroyed by the fire,” Rizik said.
The Office of the President had sent a message of condolence to the bereaved families and those who have lost properties in the deadly fire earlier via his spokesperson.
“May the Almighty God rest the soul of the victims in eternal peace and a quick recovery with the injured persons,” Ateny Wek said in a statement read to the press in Juba last week.
He said that the Office of the President will investigate the matter to find its root-cause. “Although it was a natural catastrophe, the Office of the President shall launch an investigation into the incident to find out if similar incidents can be avoided in the future,” Ateny added.

Lol State governor Rizik Zacharia said the state has already launched its own investigations into the matter. 

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22/05/2019, 8:56 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
A terrible tragedy indeed! Fire and Water are essential for life and progress of humankind, yet they can be so destructive!
22/05/2019, 8:56 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
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