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Over 100 shops gutted by fire at Aroyo Market in Aweil Center County

A devastating fire engulfs Aroyo Market in Aweil Center County, leaving over 100 shops gutted and causing millions in losses for business owners.

William Door Malek

Aroyo Market, a bustling market in Aweil Center County, was reportedly engulfed in flames yesterday morning. Officials report that the entire market burned, except for five shops and one kiosk.

Deng Guot, a kiosk owner at the market, witnessed the incident. “The fire started near a woman baking cookies. It caught her shack and spread rapidly, fueled by strong winds,” he recounted to Hot in Juba.


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Garang Thiep, a local pharmacist, lamented the loss of his entire stock, including vital medicines and food supplies. “The fire spared only a few shops. My pharmacy is gone, along with all its contents,” Thiep shared, visibly shaken.

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The disaster has left many business owners in despair, with losses amounting to millions in South Sudanese pounds and essential goods. Garang Aguer, another victim, faced a heartbreaking loss of his shops, cash savings, and food stock.

This incident marks the third market fire this year, following Mapper Akot Aru Market and Udhum Market, raising concerns about fire safety measures in the region’s commercial centers.

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