The Borno State Emergency Management Agency has confirmed three deaths in Saturday’s fire at the Muna El-Badawy Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, according to the Nigerian News Agency.
During an impact assessment visit to the scene, its Director-General, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, confirmed the death toll.
At least 3,000 shelters were destroyed, she said, and dozens of families were displaced from the camp.
Because there was no immediate fire service response in the camp at the time of the incident, she said the fire, which started in a tent, gutted other shelters.
Kolo observed that fires were becoming more common in camps and communities where returned IDPs had been resettled.
She claimed that a similar incident occurred recently in Ngirburi Village, Jere Local Government Area, in which two people died.
“Records show that the fire disaster resulted in massive losses of food and non-food items, as well as animals.”
“Another fire broke out at Mandarari IDP camp in Konduga town, in the Konduga Local Government Area,” she said.
Kolo stated that the agency was conducting an assessment to determine the extent of the damage, noting that the victims’ primary needs were food, shelter, and non-food items.
“We are requesting assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency, the Northeast Development Commission, and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development,” she said.
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