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Event: FR Fire
Number: 2022-000179
Country: CAF Central African Republic
Location: BAKALA
Date (YMD): 2022-2-26
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Information Source:Central African Red Cross and IFRC
Comments: Two large villages located 15 km from the town of Bakala (458 km from Bangui) experienced fires in the night of 24 to 25 February 2022, which caused significant material and human damage. Indeed, this area is experiencing intense drought and very high temperatures at the end of the dry season. Moreover, this is the period during which the fields are burnt. It is therefore from these burnt fields that the fire started, which was at the origin of the present fire. Fire quickly spread to other nearby houses and was aggravated by the strength of the winds. The city does not have a fire department, so the inhabitants tried to put out the fire with the means at hand. Unfortunately, the fire continued until the night of February 26, 2022. After a few hours of calm, the fire started again on 28 February 2022, affecting new villages. The assessment made by volunteers and local authorities shows 191 families, i.e. 955 people, including 171 men, 385 women and 399 children. In this population, 11 pregnant women, 12 nursing mothers, 36 elderly people and 17 disabled people were also noted.
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