By Jamel Adel.
Tripoli, 2 January 2014:
A New Year’s day fire at the camp on Tripoli’s Airport Road housing Tawerghan refugees has . . .[restrict]added to their misery just days after heavy rains caused major flooding in the camp. According to one of the residents, 18 accommodation units housing 53 people were burned down as a result of what is believed to have been an electrical fault. Several other units were made uninhabitable by the water used to put out the fire, Ismael Ammar added.
The head of Tripoli Local Council’s office for displaced people, Wasim Elkabir, said that the fire broke out at 5.30 pm as a result of which 12 families lost most of the property they had with them. No one, however, and been injured.
The Red Crescent had provided the affected families with blankets and heaters, Elkabir reported. They are being accommodated elsewhere in the camp.
Just five days ago, the Red Crescent was busy distributing food to the camp which houses some 350 Tawerghan families – around 1,500 people – after the downpour.
According to Ammar, this was the second major fire in the camp where the refugees have been living for over two years. With harsh winter weather, conditions there were now worse than ever, he said.
Some of civil societies were providing help, “but we are yet to see any official move by the government” he stated. [/restrict]