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List of Fire Incidents at Rohingya Refugee Camps worldwide

Thousands of refugees were rendered homeless after a fire broke out at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on sunday.

By Pallav Jain
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Fire incidents at rohingya camps worldwide

Fire At Rohingya Refugee Camps | Ground Report | News Desk| Thousands of refugees rendered homeless after a fire broke out at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on sunday. According to officials, more than 5 thousand people lost their shelter due to this fire. About 1200 houses made of bamboo and tarpaulin burnt to ashes in this fire.

This Refugee camp is in the southeast part of Bangladesh. 850,000 Rohingya Muslims migrated from Myanmar after persecution living here. These camps are built in Cox's Bazar, Border District of Bangladesh.

The fire started at around 4.40 PM, which brought under control at 6.30 PM. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

22-year-old Abdul Rashid told Al Jazeera that the $350 he collected as wage gutted in the fire. Now we don't have a roof over our heads, all my dreams got destroyed in the fire.

Why Rohingya Refugee Camps facing fire worldwide?

This is not the first case that a Rohingya refugee camp has caught fire. Even before this, incidents of fire in many different refugee camps have come to the fore. There have been 73 fire incidents in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar alone since 2017. According to the report of the Burns Journal, 130 such incidents have happened worldwide between 1990-2015. There is no information yet on how this fire started.

March 2021, Cox bazaar fire

In March last year, a fire in the world's largest refugee settlement killed 15 people and left more than 50,000 Rohingyas homeless. People's houses, documents and money were all ruined in this fire.

Last Sunday in Bangladesh itself, a fire broke out at a COVID care center where Rohingya refugees being treated.

Rohingya Camp fire cases in India

According to the UNSCR, there are six Rohingya refugee camps in India. These are in Jammu, Nuh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Chennai, where persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are living.

June, 2021: Fire at Madanpur Khadar camp

A massive fire broke out in Delhi's Madanpur Khadar Rohingya camp in June 2021. Houses of several hundred refugee burnt to ashes in the incident. The fire brought under control in six hours. Apart from extinguishing the fire, the government did not even arrange for shelter, food and water. Independent volunteers and NGOs came forward to help the victims.

April, 2018: Kalindi Kunj

At Delhi's Kalindi Kunj, 46 Rohingya shantties destroyed in fire on April 2018. About 230 people were staying in the camp.

December, 2017: Fire at Refugee Camp in Nuh district

Electric short circuit gutted 32 Rohingya shantties in Haryana's Nuh district. This fire destroyed homes of 100 refugees. There are about 1,695 Rohingyas living here since 2012. All of them have come here from Myanmar.

What is the cause of fire?

They make their house of bamboo and tarpaulins. Densely situated shantties are out of firefighters reach. There is no provision of fire safety here, in such a situation, fire starts quickly due to reasons like short circuit. According to Rohingya refugees, these fire incidents cannot be accidental, there may be conspiracy behind them.

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