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Fire engulfs Rohingya refugee camps, 1 injured

Fire engulfs Rohingya refugee camps, 1 injured Fire engulfs Rohingya refugee camps, 1 injured
Anna Jefferson | 16 April, 2018, 15:39

Loud cries, panic, despair prevailed at Kanchen Kunj near Okhla when a fire broke out at the Rohingya camp on early Sunday and gutted as many as 250 shanties sheltering around 226 refugees. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far; only one person got injured during the incident. "People from the adjoining areas came and tried to douse the fire with buckets of water but the tents quickly caught fire and were destroyed", Hussain, who has been living in the camp since 2012, recalled. Residents lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

3 cylinders also blew up during police rescue operation which was conducted fire department officials and police.

The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim people fleeing persecution in western Myanmar.

DCP (southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said police teams reached the area soon after the fire and were still providing the residents with basic necessities when reports last came in. Prima facie it appears that the fire was caused by a short circuit. It has burnt around 55 houses and all the belongings of the families staying there were also burnt to ashes.

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"The only source of electricity for the residents were the electric cables in the area". The wires being used were not of fine quality and weak.

As per primary information, some fault in electric wiring, short-circuit led to the fire.

Sanjana Srikumar, a lawyer working on the Rohingya issue, told Business Standard that "there was nothing left in the camp; everything was burnt to the ashes" She also mentioned that the resident lost their United Nations cards, issued to give them the refugee status.

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