Blaze razes 500 homes in Bangladesh Rohingya camp

Greater than 2,000 Rohingya refugees in a camp in Bangladesh have been left homeless Thursday after a blaze ripped by way of over 500 shacks within the early hours, an official stated.

There have been no deaths however at the least 10 individuals have been injured as they escaped the fireplace at round 2:00 am (2000 GMT Wednesday) on the Nayapara camp, Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Rezwan Hayat stated.

“The homes have been product of tin and bamboo. Now we have instantly equipped scorching meals and bamboo and tarpaulins to the affected individuals to reconstruct their houses,” he stated.

He added {that a} cooking fuel cylinder — used broadly within the camp — was the suspected trigger.

Nayapara in southeast Bangladesh is house to tens of 1000’s of Rohingya refugees initially from Myanmar, together with many who’ve been residing there for the reason that 1990s.

Different squalid and congested camps within the space are house to just about 900,000 Rohingya, most of whom fled a brutal army offensive by Myanmar’s army in 2017.

Save the Youngsters’s Bangladesh director Onno van Manen stated the fireplace was “one other devastating blow for the Rohingya individuals who have endured unspeakable hardship for years”.

“It stands as one other ghastly reminder that youngsters caught within the camps… face a bleak future with little freedom of motion, insufficient entry to training, poverty, severe safety dangers and abuse together with youngster marriage.”


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