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3 IDPs died, 7, 839 affected in Monguno Camp fire incidence, NEMA confirms

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday, said at least 3 internally displaced persons (IDPs) died in a fire incidence at Monguno IDP camp while no fewer than 7, 839 others were affected.

The agency stated this in a statement by Mr Sani Datti, Head Media and Public Relations of NEMA in Abuja.

The fire outbreak had, on Thursday, occurred at the IDPs camp in Monguno, Borno State which is located about 137 kilometer from Maiduguri, the state capital.

“The fire which, occurred in the camp that is located inside the local stadium in Monguno town, affected about 7,839 persons with a total of 3 lives lost.  

“The fire occurred at noon from one of the makeshift shelter where a woman was cooking and spread across the camp, destroying about 402 re-enforced/transitional shelters and 933 makeshift homes burnt,” it said.

The Director General of NEMA Engr Mustapha Maihaja, on behalf of the Federal Government sympathised with the government and people of Borno State and the IDPs in particular over the incidence. 

He also assured that the agency is already working with other stakeholders to provide immediate relief assistances to the affected persons.