Fire Scorches Rohingya Covid-19 Treatment Center in Bangladesh

A fire destroyed a Covid-19 treatment center for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. This disaster made the Rohingya refugees lose one of the health facilities.

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The burnt down Covid-19 treatment center in Cox's Bazar. (Doc. IOM Asia Pacific)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – On Sunday (1/2/2022) night, a fire engulfed the Covid-19 patient care center in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. It destroyed several treatment facilities for Rohingya refugees exposed to Covid-19.

The images, which the United Nations migration agency (IOM) shared on Twitter, showed charred patient beds, collapsed roofs, and ash-covered floors. Local authorities cleared the debris from the fire.


The relevant authorities cleared the remaining debris from the fire. (Doc. IOM Asia Pacific)

According to the report, there was no casualty. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the fires would have a serious impact on the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who are currently living in camps in Cox's Bazar.

Covid-19 is extremely common in Bangladesh. The crowd was unavoidable due to the overcrowding in the refugee tents. Sanitation and a lack of hygiene among refugees make it very easy for the virus to spread.

The cause of the fire is unknown as of this writing. Fires are common in Cox's Bazar, which is known to be an arid region. Several fires occurred in refugee camps in 2021, claiming lives. []