Fire victims to be accommodated in tents, hostels

Assistance flowing in for fire victims

27 July 2020 | Disasters

Neville Andre; Erongo Governor; “The residents of Twaloloka are not to blame for the clash with police reservists…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Residents of Twaloloka affected by last night’s fire will be accommodated in tents and at local school hostels, Erongo governor Neville Andre said at a media conference earlier today.

“Investigations are currently underway to determine the exact cause of the fire in which a little boy lost his life and about 200 shacks were destroyed. We are committed to assisting this family and all the residents who have been affected by this tragedy. Messages of sympathy have also been received from the office of the president and the office of the prime minister.”

The governor said that a high level emergency meeting involving five visiting deputy minsters, the security cluster as well as local and regional councillors had taken place.

“The joint efforts of this team and the regional leadership will provide the necessary support to the local authority so that the situation can be dealt with as swiftly as possible. It will also include designing more effective ways to deal with the situation surrounding Covid-19.”

Assistance

The wellbeing of residents is an immediate concern, while the damage is being assessed by the local authorities, Andre said.
“With the support of the ministry of education, some school hostels have been made available to accommodate fire victims. The Red Cross Society provided 50 (4x4m) tents and food, the local security cluster offered five tents, and the office of the governor added another two tents.”

Andre said that several institutions and individuals have also pledged their support.

“This includes 400 blankets and food from the office of the prime minister, game from the ministry of environment, as well as meat from the ministry of agriculture. I wish to emphasize that all donations must be coordinated through the office of the governor and can be dropped off at the Walvis Bay fire brigade.”

The municipality of Walvis Bay donated five water tanks (4 x 5 000 litre and 1 x 2 500 litre capacity) for the victims.

Clashes

The governor cleared the air about the unfortunate clash between police reservists and residents of Kuisebmond.

“Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, the head of Nampol in the Erongo region, assured stakeholders at the emergency briefing that the Twaloloka community was not to blame. The trouble started when onlookers from elsewhere instigated others to attack members of the fire brigade and security cluster.”

Andre expressed his appreciation to the security cluster for bringing the situation under control.

“We must remember that all citizens should comply with all rules and regulations, and that the authorities will not hesitate to arrest those who violate the law.”

Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred said that the local leadership is hard at work to fast-track the relocation of Twaloloka residents to a newly identified area.

“This area will have the necessary basic services such as water and ablution facilities.”

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