Tragedy has again hit Rann internally Displaced persons (IDPs) camp yesterday following fire outbreak that completely razed down over 200 huts erected by IDPs ,while about 5 persons comprising four women and a child lost their lives.
Apart from the dead ,several IDPs were said to have sustained burns with several livestock destroyed by the fire with possibility that the death toll may rise.
Comfirmng the incident to LEADERSHIP, the caretaker Chairman of Kalabalge local government area, Bishara Musa Lawan said his parents and family members were also affected by the incident as all of them still reside in the camp after their house was destroyed by the insurgents.
According to the caretaker chairman, ‘“the cause of the fire may be spiritual as the outbreak has become a yearly occurence right from 1999 whenever dry season sets in”.
He said “I have met with Governor Kashim Shettima, and he has made some arrangements for the welfare of the victims .Even though the camp has been overcrowded, there has been arrangement to separate the camp to decongest it before the fire outbreak.
“ Right now I am going there with blankets, mats and food items and other commodities as temporarily measure to ameliorate the immediate problems of the IDPs,” Lawan said.
He called on everyone to come to the help of the IDPs as they are in dire need of assistance haven lost all to the fire outbreak.