Friday, 27th February 2015

Nepal's customs warehouse fire guts goods worth 1.5 mln USD

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A massive fire that broke out at a warehouse in Nepal's bordering district with India Wednesday early morning has engulfed goods worth around 1.5 million U.S. dollars, an executive of the company that runs the warehouse said.

The fire that broke out at the warehouse belonging to the National Trading Limited (NTL), a government-owned public enterprise, inside Birgung Customs and Dry Port at around 2 a.m. local time has been taken under control as of around 7 a.m.
No human casualties have been reported so far.

"We are not now in position to access the actual losses. We had not stored our own goods but had offered the warehouse in rent for importers to store their goods," Ram Krishna Upadhya, chief of Birgung-based NTL told Xinhua. "However, to be at safe side, I assume the loss might be worth between 1 million U.S. dollars to 1. 5 million U.S. dollar."

He said the individual traders who had stored their imported goods in the warehouse have already come to the site and are now accessing their losses.

"The detail report of loss will be at hand by this evening," he said.

Bhusan Yadav, a local journalist, said though the exact reason of the fire has not been ascertained yet, police have suspected short circuit for the development of the flames.

According to superintendent of police (SP), Dibesh Lohani, goods including electronic items, clothes, edible oils, machinery goods, food commodities and motorbikes, among others, were destroyed in the fire.

Six fire fighting engines and around 500 people from agencies including the Nepalese Army, the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and locals made joint efforts to extinguish the fire. KATHMANDU, Sept. 3 (Xinhua)



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