Over 13,000 persons have been displaced while about 1000 structures have been destroyed as a result of last week Friday’s fire outbreak at Dagombaline in Kumasi.
Disclosing the details of the inferno to the media, Municipal Director of the National Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO) for Oforikrom, Awudu Mohammed, observed that no life was lost.
He added that the organisation was still assessing the extent of the damage to forward to the Regional NADMO office to determine the necessary assistance to be given the affected persons.
“In fact, we heard about the fire yesterday in the night and some of the personnel came here this morning. Our preliminary investigations show that we have about 1,000 stalls that have been burnt down by the fire and it has displaced about 13,000 or so people.
“However, we are yet to do a vigorous assessment by NADMO itself to see if what the people are saying is true or not. There was no casualty just that the situation is too big for the Municipal to handle, so we will take our findings to the region and then the region will take it up to the national for them to know what they will do,” he said.
The structures that were gutted by the fire were part of about 200 clustered ones inhabited mostly by head porters and scrap dealers in some metal containers.
Three fire tenders were at the scene to access the source of the fire to fight it.
Meanwhile, some of the affected persons have called on authorities to come to their aid as early as possible.
“I am pleading with the authorities to come to our aid. This is where I live with my three children so I need urgent help.”
“We have lost everything. All my savings of about GHS 4,000 is also gone with my other properties. We need assistance as soon as possible,” one of the victims said.
For her part, the Municipal Chief Executive of Oforikrom, Gloria Temah Gambrah, who visited the affected persons the Municipal Assembly would make arrangements and present some relief items to them.
“Looking at the circumstance now, we have to come and support the people living here as an assembly. We have had a discussion with the leaders here. We will come back again and give them some relief items. A lot of people have been affected by this disaster, so we have to come to their aid”, she said.
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION