At least 140 shelters of internally displaced persons (IDPs) were destroyed by fire which engulfed their camps in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Sunday.
The fire affected Flatari and Nguro, two camps in Monguno area of the state on Saturday, NEMA said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the spokesman for NEMA in Nigeria’s northeast region, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, told Xinhua. No casualty was recorded.
At least 28 shelters were destroyed at Flatari camp and 120 other shelters were razed in Nguno due to the rapid spread of the fire outbreak.
About 371 persons have been affected by the fire outbreak, the NEMA spokesman said, adding an investigation has been launched to identify the cause of the incident and appraise the needs of the victims.
On Feb. 8, a similar incident at a camp in Monguno had claimed three lives and affected 7,839 people.
The February fire incident spread from one of the makeshift shelters in the camp where a woman was cooking. The fire spread across the camp, destroying about 402 re-inforced or transitional shelters and 933 makeshift homes were burned.