25 May 2019

 

Lol State Fire Deaths Rise To 36 People, Several Hospitalized

“The fire was together with the wind, which forced people to enter into their houses because wind was like a typhoon, and it caught fire.”


By James Deng Dimo

WAU 08, May 2019 [GURTONG] - At least 36 people, including children, have  died after four villages in Korok East County of Lol State caught fire on Sunday.

According to Lol’s Health Minister Mohammedain Abakar Mohammedain, the fire started in the evening, killing 36 while injuring over 6o people.

Also the state Governor Rizik Zackaria said an unknown number of livestock was also lost in the fire and farms have been destroyed.

He 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 town.

“158 households have been affected and the situation is very tragic because all the properties are destroyed as a result of the fire,” Rizik said.

“The fire was together with the wind, which forced people to enter into their houses because wind was like a typhoon, and it caught fire.”

The governor is in Juba to rally support from the national government to aid victims of the incident. He has so far met with President Salva Kiir.

He appealed to well-wishers to provide material support to the affected families.

The Office of the President has sent a message of condolences to the bereaved families and those who have lost properties in the deadly fire.

“May the Almighty God rest the soul of the victims in the eternal peace and a quick recovery with the injured person,” Ateny Wek said in a statement read to the press.

 “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.

The extensive fire broke out at 6 pm Sunday and was contained later, the state minister said.

The state government official vowed to ensure the affected families are assisted. 
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