Relief carrying boat catches fire in Arakan

Narinjara News

Sittwe, 11 November 2016:

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A cargo-boat carrying relief goods caught fire on Kaladan river near Arakan’s capital city of Sittwe on Wednesday, said an eye witness.

The boat was loaded with relief items meant for Anuk Ray Muslim refugee camp in Pauk Taw township of Arakan.

The items, mostly kitchen materials like pottery & spoons, were carried by the foreign NGO named Solidarity International. It transported the reliefs through the cargo-boat belonged to Double Great company limited, informed a fire service officer.

The incident took place at 2:45 pm on 9 November soon after the cargo-boat left a jetty in Mizan quarter of Sittwe. Some firemen went to the spot immediately after the incident through the speedy motor boats to put out the fire.

“The fire totally doused at 3:10 pm as the local people also helped the firemen in their duty. The fire possibly broke out from a packet of cardboard cover ignited by the machine of the boat,” said a fire service officer.

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The loss due to the fire is yet to be estimated by the Solidarity International, added officer. He however clarified that none was injured in the incident.