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Wildfire kills 12 women in Budi

By Jino Wilson


Budi County in Eastern Equatoria State mourns tragic death of twelve women who lost their lives in a wildfire, last week.

The incident occurred in Charit Boma, Loudo Payam, while the women were cutting thatching grass on a steep slope known as Morupus, located east of Charit Boma near Ngatuba.

Witnesses report that a heavy wind aggravated a wild fire, causing it to spread rapidly through the forest, engulfing the women.

Tragically, several lactating mothers and their young children who were caring for infants were among the victims.

The exact cause of the fire remains undetermined, although locals in Charit believe it was ignited naturally by the friction of dry tree branches triggered by the strong winds.

Efforts to reach the County Commissioner of Budi for comment were unsuccessful.

This tragedy highlights the dangers faced by communities in rural regions, particularly during the dry season when wildfires are more frequent.

It serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety education and implementing preventive measures to minimize such tragic events. Deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the victims during this difficult time.

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