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Inferno destroys household materials, foodstuffs in Sittanunku

May 22, 2014, 10:54 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The family of Lamin Dada Manneh of Sittanunku Upper Nuimi in the North Bank Region has launched an appeal to institutions, NGOs, National Disaster Management Agency and Kerewan Area Council to come to their aid following Monday’s inferno that burnt three apartments of three households.

The inferno destroyed all the items, including foodstuffs, clothing and cash, in the three households.

Lamin Dada Manneh thanked the people of Sittanunku, Barra Fire and Rescue Services and the North Bank Regional Disaster Management Committee for their swift response, support and solidarity in putting off the fire.

He disclosed that his wife Maimuna Manneh lost all her belongings and foodstuffs such as rice seeds and cash, which had left her virtually zero.

Bala Touray, Fire Service Station Officer at Barra, calls on people to be extremely mindful in handling of fire.

He said effective fire management would contribute to minimising fire vulnerability, which often causes the loss of valuable household materials.

Fire officer used the moment to inform the community of some of the ways of handling domestic fire including evacuation of essential materials and equipment to a safe zone.

Momodou B.K. Ceesay, acting-Regional Disaster Coordinator, and Ousman C. Jallow, Gambia Red Cross Society Branch Officer, on behalf of Regional Disaster Management Committee extended sympathy for the loss of valuable items and foodstuffs to the inferno.

The humanitarian workers thanked the office of the Governor, fire service and the community members for their timely support during the inferno.

They challenged the community to continue the support in helping the affected families recover some of their loss to ameliorate their living and socio-economic conditions.

Items engulfed by the fire included beds, foodstuffs, money for the purchase of cashew seeds, books, uniforms, jewelleries, furniture and wares.

The family members solicit support in the form of building materials and cement to enable them to reconstruct their houses to have accommodation.