No fewer than 14 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been reported died and more than a dozen wounded when fire engulfed their camp in Ngala local government area of Borno State.
Official sources said that the incident occurred at Ngala IDPs’ camp yesterday afternoon.
A State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official wrote on his Facebook timeline said that the fire was the raging at the time of his post
The SEMA official wrote: “Happening Now: Today the 16/04/2020 fire outbreaks at Ngala IDPs’ Camp burned 1,250 households, unconfirmed. 14 confirmed dead, seven critically injured and eight have minor injuries.”
The official said that search and rescue is still ongoing.
“Evacuation and assessment is going on,” he said.
The chairperson of SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, who confirmed the fire outbreak at the IDPs’ Camp, said that 11 persons were reported to have lost their lives in the disaster.
Kolo said that she was yet to get the comprehensive report of the actual casualty.
“I am yet to receive comprehensive report of the fire outbreak, so far it is reported that 11 persons are died,” she said.