Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp fire guts over 400 houses
Around 20 people suffer burn injuries
January 14, 2021, 03:32 PM
by UNB NEWS
Publish- January 14, 2021, 03:32 PM
Update- January 14, 2021, 05:43 PM
At least 435 houses were gutted in a fire at Nayapara Registered Rohingya Camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district early Thursday.
Abdul Hannan, in-charge of the camp, said the fire broke out at a house in the camp under E-block around 3 am and spread soon.
The fire spread fast as most of the residents use gas cylinders in the camp for cooking, he said.
On information, two fire fightings units rushed in and extinguished the blaze with the help of Rohingya people.
Around 20 people sustained injuries in the fire that also burnt down 432 houses, one community center of UNHCR, and two dwelling houses of local people.
Shelter kits, non-food items, winter clothes, hot meals and medical care are being delivered to the affected families, and the refugee community is helping to clear the debris.
UNHCR’s Head of Operations Marin Din Kajdomcaj said, “We are on the ground since early morning hours, working with government authorities, partners, UN agencies, and Rohingya refugees in response to the devastating fire that ripped through the refugee camps at Nayapara last night. Primary focus remains on the emergency response and lifesaving assistance that are ongoing simultaneously.”
The Government of Bangladesh, UN and NGO partners have implemented fire prevention measures to ensure the refugee community is trained and well-informed on fire safety practices, and that response mechanism are in place in case fires erupt, he said.
These measures include training, development of guidelines and community outreach.
Fires remain a hazard given the high density of the refugee camps.