181 fire outbreaks logged in Yangon within 9 months


During the last nine months of 2022, there were 181 outbreaks of fire in Yangon Region, causing a loss of approximately K947 million, stated Yangon Region Chief Minister U Soe Thein.
The chief minister said so at the opening ceremony of the No 3 Fire Safety Management (Special) Course conducted by the Myanmar Fire Services Department, on 17 October.
A total of 52 trainees are attending the training course. Chief Minister U Soe Thein commented that the course was opened with the purpose of educating people on how to react promptly in the face of fire and natural disasters. A statement from the Department of Fire Services said that 1,129 fires broke out all over the nation between January and August 2022, leaving 72 dead, and 101 injured. As a result, K404.565 million was lost and 8,011 people were left homeless. In 2021, there were 2,107 fire outbreaks across the nation, causing a loss of over 33 billion kyats, with 105 causalities and 151 wounded.
Seventy per cent of disasters are fire hazards. It can be seen that, although the frequency of fires is decreasing, the amount of losses is increasing.
The main causes of fire are stove fire and negligence. These two causes account for 83 per cent of fires, according to the statistics of the Department of Fire Services. — TWA/GNLM

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