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‘we now sleep in the street’ Jigawa fire victims cries out

Victims of the recent wildfire at Barebari village in Ringim local government area of Jigawa state, have cried out over their lack of shelter as a result of incident.

The village head of the community, Abdullahi Umaru, also a victim of the inferno, said about 100 houses where razed on Tuesday, leaving the residents homeless.

He explained that most of the victims are now sleeping in the streets while others are squatting at their relations’ homes.

“We don’t have anywhere to sleep other than street because the fire has finished all our belongings, money, clothes, food, livestock and other valuable items,” he lamented.

“Only God can pay us exactly or beyond what we have lost. Our main concern now is where we will live with our families,” Umaru added.

Another victim, Sani Abdu, a father to 20 children with two wives, said they did not move out with anything from the house other than the clothes they were wearing.

“All our belongings have gone, including two sets of furniture for my two daughters’ wedding scheduled to take place in the next three weeks,” she stated.

They also appealed to governments, non governmental organisations and good-spirited individuals to come to their rescue by providing them with all the necessary support to reduce their suffering.

Findings revealed that similar fire occurred last year where it affected only three houses. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had distributed foodstuff, mattresses, clothes, blankets to the victims to relieve their sufferings.

The Executive Secretary of Jigawa SEMA, Sani Yusuf Babura said the agency is working hard on ways to assist victims of the inferno.

The inferno, which started around 11am on Tuesday, was quenched by operatives of the fire service and good Samaritans by 6pm, by which time it had consumed property worth millions of Naira.

Source: Daily Post

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