Fire leaves nearly 7,000 Rohingya homeless in Bangladesh camp

Fire leaves nearly 7,000 Rohingya homeless in Bangladesh camp
# 07 January 2024 16:13 (UTC +04:00)

A fire swept through a Rohingya refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday, destroying about 800 shelters and rendering thousands homeless, officials said, APA reports citing Reuters.

Fire service officials and Rohingya volunteers brought the blaze under control around three hours after it hit Camp 5 in Cox's Bazar, a border district with Myanmar, shortly before 1 a.m. (1900 GMT).

Apart from homes, several other facilities like learning centres were also gutted, Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner in Cox's Bazar, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman said, adding that there were no casualties.

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, said nearly 7,000 have been made homeless by the blaze and around 120 facilities, including mosques and healthcare centres were damaged.

"We have made all arrangements... they are being given food and temporary shelters," said Mohammad Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh government official in charge of refugees.

"The cause of the fire currently remains unknown, and we are assured by the government authorities that an investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out," UNHCR said.

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