Relief materials being collected for Bhojpur fire victims

Bhojpur, November 21

The victims of the blaze that reduced nine houses to ashes at Bhotepasal, Bhojpur district headquarters and destroyed at least Rs 200 million worth of property this Sunday will reportedly receive relief and temporary settlements soon.

The victims are said to be shifted to temporary tents set up on the Guthi land near the district headquarters at Baneshwor.

An emergency meeting of the District Disaster Rescue Committee under the chairmanship of Chief District Officer Arjun Kumar Sharma decided to shift the fire victims to the Guthi land today.

Temporary huts are being set up with the help of a security team deployed from the Nepai Army’s Ranabom Battalion.

Coordinator of the Civil Society Bhojpur Parshuram Tiwari said that collection of relief for fire victims has already begun in earnest with the strong initiative of local political parties, Civil Society and locals of the district headquarters and its surroundings.

He also said that the Civil Society has requested different organisations for help.

A house belonging to Thir Kumar Portel had caught fire dueto leakage from a gas cylinder at around 4:00pm yesterday.

The blaze had subsequently spread to houses belonging to the locals in the area, namely, Ganesh Shrestha, Badri Rana, Lal Bahadur BK, Dadiki Sherpa, Jagat Bahadur Baraili, Phabindra Shrestha and Bishwo Pradhan, destroying them completely.

According to District Police Office, Bhojpur, details of the incident are yet to be ascertained.

Police said that the fire was brought under control by a fire engine from Bhojpur Municipality, a team of Nepali Army, Nepal police, and locals at around 7:00pm.

Electricity and telephone services have been obstructed after the incident.