IT seems residents of Twaloloka, which directly translates in Oshiwambo to “we are tired”, cannot catch a break.
Just months after hundreds of residents were relocated into tents and the informal settlement renamed to Otuafika (we have arrived) after fires destroyed their homes and left them completely destitute, at least 27 more shacks at the location today burned to the ground.
Erongo police deputy commissioner Erastus Ikuyu said the fire today started at around 13:00 at one of the shacks and rapidly spread to other shacks, resulting in extensive damage to properties before the fire was extinguished by firefighters of Walvis Bay’s municipality.
“The shacks which burned down are the remainders from the previous fire inferno,” said Ikuyu.
During the 26 July 2020 fire at the informal settlement in Walvis Bay’s Kuisebmund, majority of the shacks were completely destroyed, leaving residents at the mercy of good Samaritans for food, clothing and shelter.
A young boy also died in last year’s inferno.
While the cause of today’s fire is still unknown, no fatalities have yet been reported, however, police investigations are ongoing.
MORE FIRES: Another fire incident has been reported at the Twaloloka Informal Settlement in Walvis Bay. Video: Contributed