Fire engulfs over 40 houses

*Shocked CM assures relief


By A O News Service

DAPORIJO | Aug 30 | A massive fire broke out in the heart of Upper Subansiri district HQs own here in between 9 to 9.20 am today that reduced over 40 shops and rented houses to ashes completely.

Three fire tenders and staff assisted by the civilians fought for over two hours to prevent the fire while DC  A K Singh and SP Taru Gusar, who had rushed to the spot, supervised the operation, eye witnesses told this daily  adding there was no report of any casualty.

The tragic accident left many roofless and snatched away their home and hearth, DC Singh said, when contacted, adding he has directed to estimate total losses caused by the inferno.

Cause of the mishap was not be ascertained though initially suspected short circuit to be the cause. Very sunny days for last two days intensified the fire. But, civil police along with ITBP, CRPF, GREF and market committee members conducted rescue operation as three fire tenders were pressed into the job, SP Gusar said, adding the massive fire rendered around 200 persons homeless.

However, through investigations have been launched to ascertain the cause of the tragedy and the number of sufferers. Vendors market and shopping complex building have been designated as temporary relief camp for the victims.

Local MLA Dikto Yekar, camping at Itanagar on duty, alerted by the incident, constantly monitored the situation and directed the DC and SP to take all possible steps to prevent losses of life and properties. He assured to extend help to the victims on his arrival at Daporijo.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on receipt of information, directed the DC to put all available resources for relief and rehabilitation of the victims.

He expressed deep shock and grief over the fire mishap and sought immediate report from the district administration. The DC, however, reported that about 87 families have been rendered homeless by the inferno. While no casualty has been reported, the actual cause was not ascertained as yet.

Khandu lauded  district police, ITBP, CRPF, GREF and traders for their help in relief and rescue operation. Victims have been sheltered in DUDA market complex building that have been turned into make-shift relief camp.

The CM directed the DA to provide immediate relief materials to the victims and press all departments concerned to render logistics in the relief camps.

He assured the victims that the GoAP would provide all relief support for their rehabilitation and directed department concerned to release relief as per norms immediately.

Reiterating his appeal to masses  to remain extremely cautious to avoid such mishaps, Khandu said: “I repeat that such mishaps are due to human negligence which can be averted with simple precautionary measures. Please do not neglect simple do’s and don’ts to prevent fire accidents,” he exhorted.  (CMO)

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