The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says that no less than 2,000 merchants suffered enormous losses within the gasoline tanker hearth that destroyed main components of the Ochanja Market in Onitsha.
The South-East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Fred Anusim, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, whereas talking on the extent of injury by the hearth.
Anusim stated that from the “rapid assessment” carried out by the company, over 50 storey buildings have been affected.
He stated that the evaluation was not complete however quickly carried out because of the prevailing anger amongst residents of the business metropolis.
Anusim stated that the individuals have been offended towards the federal government due to the alleged failure by the the state Fire Service to intervene in good time to regulate the hearth.
He stated: “After receiving info on the inferno on the night of October 16, we did a fast evaluation on October 17.
“On October 18, we still went to the scene with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Saddiya Farouk, as direct by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Anusim stated that the delegation couldn’t do a lot when it comes to evaluation “because the traders and residents were still visibly angry.”
“However, from what we noticed on floor, which isn’t complete, no less than over 2,000 merchants had been thrown out of enterprise, whereas over 50 homes have been fully or partially destroyed.
“The 50 buildings have been principally two, three and 4 storey buildings with a few of them having all spherical gross sales retailers and warehouses.
The NEMA boss described the destruction from the hearth, which reportedly occurred inside two hours, as “colossal, highly pathetic and horrific.”
He stated that the minister directed the company to liaise with the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the market leaders to conduct a complete evaluation of merchants and buildings affected and submit the report back to her workplace.
Anusim gave an assurance that “the Federal Government is not going to delay in sending meals and non-food reduction supplies to instantly ameliorate the hardship being confronted by the victims’’ as soon as the great evaluation was prepared.
He lauded the Anambra authorities for its efforts to offer some reduction supplies to the victims, particularly merchants and landlords.
“I need to commend the Anambra authorities for its efforts to raised equip the hearth service and hearth stations within the state.
“But should we look forward to incidents to occur earlier than preparing for unexpected disasters,’’ Anusim stated.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that on October 16, a gasoline tanker exploded and spilled its content material within the drains inside Upper Iweka axis, ensuing within the hearth that burnt the market and killed eight individuals. (NAN)