Fire victims from Titkyitaw village are still facing difficulties even though they have received aid from donors, according to locals.
They are temporarily sheltering in a village school building and a monastery and have received rice, edible oil, clothes and utensils from the government and donors since March 4.
They need food urgently for cows that are used in farming and also need seeds for their farms before the farming season starts. They need to build homes, said the victims.
“We have to run away quickly as the fire spread quickly. We only have cows and carts as all our belongings were destroyed by the fire. We are now staying at a school building,” said Naing Lin.
The fire destroyed all the seeds that had been prepared for sowing and most of the fire victims had to run away without taking anything.
“They received aid and it is quite enough for them. But they need other things to build their homes and the tools used in farming. They don’t have money to buy them,” said village administrator Kyaw Thura.
The fire started from the remains of a wood-burning stove ina house owned by Paw Oo on the night of March 3. It spread quickly.
It destroyed 167 homes, according to locals. The fire services department from Yesagyo said a total of 154 homes were destroyed and the loss is over Ks60 million.
The fire destroyed many houses in a short time as fire engines from Yesagyo, which is located about 20 miles away, could not arrive in time. The windy condition also fanned the blaze.