The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), following a rapid response on Thursday May 3, 2018 to rescue victims of the Abofu fire outbreak, deployed an official delegation from the National headquarters in the early hours of Friday May 4, 2018 to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the fire outbreak.
The team led by Mr. Yao Kiatchey, Deputy Director of Operations at the National headquarters upon arrival, realized that the slum which was a home for about One Hundred and One tenants was destroyed by the fire outbreak. This was as a result of a gas cylinder explosion which led to the fire outbreak in the whole area.
According to Mr. Bismark Appiah, District Director of NADMO (Okaikoi North), staff from the Municipal with support from the Urban Search and Rescue team from the headquarters helped in rescuing victims at the scene. He said though there was no human casualty, lots of livelihoods of the inhabitants were lost as a result of the fire.
The assessment team counted about eighty kiosks and containers burnt with scattered cylinders, buckets, clothes and other assorted items from shops in the area that was affected.
In all, the team recorded a total of Two Hundred and Sixty Three (263) affected victims of the fire outbreak who are currently taking refuge at the Abofu Presbytarian School.
Prior to the assessment, NADMO presented some mattresses and other assorted items to the victims whereas the Assemblyman of the area, Mr. James Akogo also used the opportunity to call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to come to their aid to complement NADMO’S effort of relief to them.