Salima, August 2: About 10 families from Rashid Village, Senior Chief Kalonga in Salima are homeless after fire gutted down their houses on Wednesday afternoon.
According to one of the victims Daudi Abdu the fire started around 2.00pm when children were playing in one of makeshift glass thatched kitchens and flame was blown up by wind in one of the glass thatched kitchen.
“We suspect that the fire spread quickly because of the strong winds and it took just a few minutes before all the 10 houses caught fire,” said Abdu.
All houses that were destroyed by the fire were glass thatched or makeshift dwelling shelters.
Brino Kamanga who led the District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) members who rushed to the scene told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that about six of the houses had a permanent structure while four temporary dwelling structures were razed to the ground.
“Our preliminary assessment of the incident shows that a total of 10 dwelling homes were completely damaged by the fire, while three others were quickly unroofed to prevent them from catching the flames that were been blown by the strong winds prevailing during that time,” said Kamanga.
Kamanga said that apart from losing the home the victims have also lost their belongings including maize grain, clothes, building materials farm equipment and cash.
“From what we have gather over 150 bags of maize have been lost to the fire and other have lost even cash,” said Kamanga
Kamanga explained that the district response will follow a report which his committee will submit to the office of the District Commissioner.
Meanwhile Red Cross made an immediate donation of 13 tents, 25 mosquito nets and 13 water buckets.
Other people who rushed to the scene included Senior Chief Kalonga, who called upon well wishers to quickly assist the affected people.