Over 5,000 Rohingya Refugees Left Homeless after Fire Tears through Refugee Camp in Bangladesh

As many as 1,200 tents were burned down in one of the camps in Cox’s Bazar, leaving over 5,000 refugees homeless.

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Fire in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Dhaka Tribune)

ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR – A fire broke out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh, Sunday (9/1/2022). There have been no reports of casualties. However, about 1,200 refugee tents were burned down and more than 5,000 were rendered homeless.

The fire was reported to have started at 4:40 p.m. local time in Camp 16. Refugee tents made of only easily caught fire, causing it to spread quickly in just a few minutes.

Mohammed Shamsud Douza, a Bangladesh government official in charge of refugees, said emergency workers had brought the fire under control. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be established.

One of the refugees, Abdur Rashid (22) said the fire was so big that he ran to safety without having time to save his belongings in his tent.

“Everything in my house were burnt. My baby and wife were out. There were a lot of things in the house. I saved 30,000 taka (350 dollars) from working as a day laborer. The money is burned in the fire," said Abdur.

“Fire occurs here frequently. There was no way we could put out the fire. There was no water. My home is burned. Many documents, which I brought from Myanmar, are also burned. And it is cold here,” he said.

Previously, a blaze also tore through a Covid-19 treatment center for Rohingya refugees in one of the camps in Cox's Bazar. In March last 2021, a massive fire destroyed more than 10,000 refugee shelters and killed 15 Rohingya refugees. []