Inferno Kills 4-Year-old Girl

Monday, January 09, 2012
An inferno broke out in Sare Nghaba village in Wuli West district of provincial-Upper River region of The Gambia, killing a 4-year-old girl, Binta Sowe.
Mr Mawdo Jallow, regional disaster management coordinator confirmed that nine houses have also been ravaged by the fire outbreak, destroying livelihoods such as groundnut and coos harvested this cropping season.
The cause of the inferno that broke-out on Saturday January 1, 2012 at around 10p.m is not established at the time of going to press.
Meanwhile, a disaster response team has visited affected families and donated some relief materials, including bags of rice, sanitary facilities and clothing .
The deputy Governor of URR, Momodou Salieu Jallow, who led the team expressed regret at the disaster and the lost of the life of 4-year-old Binta Sowe.
He commended the National Disaster Management Agency for the swift response in providing relief materials to the victims.
For his part, Mr Mawdo Jallow, regional disaster management co ordinator, challenged the villagers to clean-up the village, cut all the grasses around the village and create a fire belt around the village to avoid similar incident.
He added that the fire incident could have been avoid if necessary measures were been taken.
Mr Jallow said though the relief materials insufficient, nonetheless it will go a long way towards helping the victims.
He called on the philanthropies, individuals, NGOs to come to the victims’ aid.
In a separate development, a fire outbreak recently left 30 people homeless in the village of Kurkuleh in Tumana district, also in provincial Upper River region.

Author: Ousman Touray in URR
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