Gibi Fire Claims 30 human lives and destroys harvests


Photo | AFP - Gibi Village in the aftermath of a fire that killed 30 people , destroyed homes and harvests. Gibi is in Gibo East's Kala Province.

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A fire yesterday spread through the Gibi Village of Kala Province, killing thirty people and injuring more than 100.

The badly injured were rushed to Kala Referral Hospital, while those with minor injuries were nursed on site by Red Cross Medical Personnel.

“We have at least 30 survivors of the fire admitted here,” said the Hospital Chief Resident, Raul Molopa, “But most of them are in stable condition.”

More than 20 of the Village’s thatched homes were also destroyed in the blaze, along with maize and sorghum harvests that the villagers had stored in silos.

The fire, according to Kala Fire Department Chief Alan Miruki began when a gas leak occurred within the village biogas project, and was exacerbated by a nearby open wood fire.

Mr Miruki insists that had it not been for Gibo East’s bad roads, his firemen would have quelled the fire before it could do any serious damage.

Gibo East president Mwalulu Mwalala has sent his condolences to the bereaved and declared a three day mourning period.

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YESTERDAY’S (TIMELINES

A fire yesterday spread through the Gibi Village of Kala District, killing thirty people and injuring sixty.

11:00amLatest reports say that at least 40 injured have arrived at Kala Referral Hospital in 7 Police Land Rovers. More Details to follow

10:50amKala Fire Department Chief Alan Miruki  insists that had it not been for Gibo’s bad roads, their trucks would have been there ten minutes after the outbreak of the fire

10:45amA call to the K

ala Police Boss Stephen Owenguni reveals that the problem is even bigger. 30 people confirmed dead, 10 among them children and the elderly. At least ten thatched residences have been razed. The fire department is yet to arrive but Mr Ownguni confirms on hist two-way that the firetrucks are on their way.The injured are being rushed to the Kala Referral Hospital. The fire, says Mr Owenguni  is suspected to have started when gas leaked from the village biogas project, and was exacerbated by an open wood fire, also at Gibo’s communal kitchen.

10:40am – Reports from Eastern Gibo say that at least ten people are feared dead in a freak morning fire in Gibi a remote village of Kala, Eastern Gibo republic. .

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