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Relief camp at market hub for victims

- 45 people affected in fire given shelter at Majorkhul committee hall

Imphal, June 25: Majorkhul, the commercial hub devastated by a fire yesterday, opened a relief camp at its community hall, giving temporary shelter to those tenants who were left homeless in the blaze.

The fire that broke out after explosion of an LPG cylinder in one of the rooms destroyed 15 houses and property worth crores of rupees. One minor girl sustained burn injuries but she is out of danger.

“Residents of Majorkhul have formed a relief committee and opened a relief camp at our community hall in the area. We are providing them basic facilities like food, drinking water and medicine,” Thambaljao Phaomei, a member of the committee, said.

Altogether 45 people, including women and children, mostly non-Manipuri tenants whose rented rooms were damaged have been given shelter at the community hall since last night.

Majorkhul is a commercial-cum-residential area. There are many tenants and businessmen who run their stores from the rented rooms. These stores were also destroyed in the fire.

The committee said they were still estimating the exact value of the properties lost.

“My children could not go to school today as their uniforms and books were burnt. We have lost everything, including money, garments and household items. We are left with only the clothes that we are wearing now,” a woman at the relief camp said.

Owners of the damaged houses are staying with their relatives. Those in the relief camp are tenants, most of them have small businesses or are daily wage earners.

The relief committee said some victims have lost important documents, including education certificates.

The committee, assisted by the residents, continued cleaning up operations till today as the owners and tenants looked helplessly at the remains (ashes).

To provide aid to the victims, the relief committee sought donation from the public. Members of the committee have even kept a donation box in front of the damaged houses.

Trinamul Congress president Kh. Joykishan donated a sum of Rs 1 lakh for the victims today. Individuals and citizen bodies’ also made donations to the relief fund.

The residents of Majorkhul charged that late arrival of the fire tenders and ineffective fire fighting led to extensive damages.

“The fire station was also in the city. But the fire tenders came after three houses were completely damaged, though information was given on time. Had the response been prompt, the damage would be less,” another member of the committee, who is a government employee, said.

The relief committee urged chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who witnessed the fire yesterday, to provide some assistance to the victims.So far, the state government has not announced anything till this evening.


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