President Ghani visits market fire site, meets affectees
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday visited the site of Saturday’s blaze that gutted hundreds of shops and godowns in central capital Kabul and talked to the affected traders, assuring them of his government assistance.
The president demanded a comprehensive report detailing complete information about the affected traders and asked the traders to share with him their suggestions on Friday, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The affected shopkeepers briefed the president about how the fire erupted and the damage it had caused and thanked him for paying attention to the incident, the statement said.
The businessmen praised security forces and acknowledged they reached the spot in-time to put the fire out. They assured the president of appointing a team to assess the loss and sharing its details with the Presidential Palace.
The fire broke out at 10:30am on Saturday in Haji Zardad market and spread to adjacent two other markets shelling sports, tailoring materials, shoes and sandals worth millions of dollars.
The fire was controlled after five hours of hectic efforts and three people were injured in the fire that hit hard the Zardad market.
A shopkeeper in the market, Syal Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News 93 shops and 240 godowns were gutted in the inferno, with each trader losing goods worth above $100,000.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.