An enormous hearth swept by way of Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh on Monday, destroying hundreds of properties, officers and witnesses stated.
Video shot by a resident confirmed a blaze ripping by way of the Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, with folks scrambling to recuperate their possessions amid burning shanties and tents.
“Fire services, rescue and response teams and volunteers are at the scene to try to control the fire and prevent it spreading further,” stated Louise Donovan, spokesperson for U.N. refugee company UNHCR in Cox’s Bazar, the place refugees stay in ramshackle huts.
Rohingya refugees within the camps stated many properties had been burned down and several other folks had died, however neither the authorities nor UNHCR confirmed there have been any deaths.
More than 1,000,000 Rohingya stay within the mainland camps in southern Bangladesh, the overwhelming majority having fled Myanmar in 2017 from a military-led crackdown that U.N investigators stated was executed with “genocidal intent”, expenses Myanmar denies.
“The fire spread so quickly that before we understood what happened, it caught our house. People were screaming and running here and there. Children were also running … crying for their family,” stated Tayeba Begum, a Save the Children volunteer who witnessed the hearth.
A Rohingya chief in Cox’s Bazar, a sliver of land bordering Myanmar in southeastern Bangladesh, stated he noticed a number of lifeless our bodies.
“Thousand of huts were totally burned down,” Mohammed Nowkhim informed Reuters.
Mohammed Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh authorities official answerable for refugees, stated: “We are trying to control the blaze.”
Another massive blaze tore by way of the camp in January, destroying properties however inflicting no casualties.
The threat of fireplace within the densely populated camps is excessive, and Monday’s blaze was the most important but, stated Onno Van Manen, Country Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh.
“It is another devastating blow to the Rohingya refugees who live here. Just a couple of days ago we lost one of our health facilities in another fire,” he stated.
The UNHCR stated humanitarian companions had mobilised a whole bunch of volunteers from close by camps for the help operation, in addition to hearth security automobiles and tools.
“So far the fire has affected shelters, health centres, distribution points and other facilities,” spokeswoman Donovan stated.
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