Nakumatt Downtown fire death toll cofirmed at 20.
As reported in an earlier post this week, I was wondering if there we’re any casualties in the Nakumatt Downtown fire a couple of days back. Details are now emerging in the media that the death toll is now a confirmed 20 with numbers expected to rise to possibly forty or more. This really bad considering that Nakumatt Holdings had initially reported that there we’re no confirmed casualties and they had only 4 members of staff missing after doing a head count.
It has also been reported that many friends and family received phone calls from those who died in the fire just before either they suffocated from smoke inhalation or we’re burnt alive. It is truly a horrific case of gross negligence on the part of Nakumatt Holdings since not only did they initially close their doors when the fire started to stop looters from coming in, but apparently, the emergency exit routes we’re also blocked and could not be accessed! Nakumatt Holdings, the owners of Nakumatt Downtown need to be taken to task on what appears to be a case of profit at the cost of basic human rights.
Finally, as of this writing, Nakumatt Holdings has finally made a media briefing on the calamity and what their intended next steps – we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. One thing is certain though after this terrible incident, people are going to pay special attention when shopping and take a much closer look at general safety measures that either are or are not in place.
God bless the victims and families of the Nakumatt Downtown fire tragedy.