Fire engulfs Bangladeshi Rohingya camp

 


This is not the only time that the Rohingya camp caught fire; March last year, the world's largest camp of Rohingya refugees was engulfed by fire which killed several people.

By Anadolu

3 January 2022

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A dedicated COVID-19 isolation center at Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh was gutted in a fire Sunday night, but the patients there were apparently unharmed, according to official sources.

 

“The fire broke out at around 7 pm local time [1300 GMT] and we doused it after two hour-long hectic efforts along with Rohingya refugees and locals,” a Ukhiya Fire Service and Civil Defense officer in Cox’s Bazar told Anadolu Agency.

 

All 12 Rohingya isolated at the center – though the center has 70 isolation beds – were reportedly safely transferred to another location.

 

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He added that the incident would be investigated by the fire service, adding that according to eyewitness and evidence so far, “We are predicting that the fire may have originated from an electric short circuit.”

 

A major fire at the world’s largest refugee camp last March killed at least 15 members of the community and burned to ashes more than 10,000 shanties, including a Turkish field hospital.


A massive fire broke out in Refugee camp 20 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, extension burning down COVID-19 isolation center. #Rohingya #Bangladesh Photo: St-Hamidu

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Since late 2017, the camps have housed some one million Rohingya Muslims who fled an organized persecution campaign in neighboring Myanmar.


“I was standing at the side of the launch with my wife and suddenly I saw fire razing out from different sides. Instantly I jumped into the river with my wife. We both know how to swim and somehow managed to reach the land. It was such a terrible incident in my life that I had never seen before,” Muzahid added.

Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk

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