Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Fire at Delhi camp leaves Rohingyas homeless again

Fire at Delhi camp leaves Rohingyas homeless again

A Rohingya camp in South East Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area was razed to the ground after a massive fire broke out early on Sunday. Though no causalty was reported, one person sustained burn injuries on his hand. Residents lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

According to the locals, the fire broke out around 3 am and gutted 46 shanties within half an hour. All the Rohingya occupants of the camp have been moved safely to a temporary settlement.

Some locals said that the fire was not an accident but an attempt to damage the lives of the Rohingya refugees.

It took 11 fire tenders two hours to douse the flames, which devoured everything in the way.

Most of the houses were built of plywoods, card-boards and plastic, which are highly combustible and hence the fire spread wild. Syed Hussain, 35, said they had just enough time to wake up their children and family members.

"The fire department received a call at 3:38 am regarding the fire at JJ colony in Madanpur Khadar area. We live here for six years", he added. "Apart from that, there is nothing else to tackle such situations", Karimullah, a camp resident, claimed. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said.

"A case under appropriate sections has been registered to further investigate the incident". The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the police said, however, it suggested that fire could have broken out from a nearby office building of the refugee camp. Download The for your English and other languages.

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