Over 500 Rohingya Shelters at Cox's Bazar Burned Down

The fire engulfed at least 510 Rohingya shelters in the Camp Nayapara. Apart from shelters, hundreds of shops in a market, a mosque, a community center, and a school were also burned down.

Ruins of Nayapara Camp that burned down on Thursday (1/14/2021) at 01.30 Bangladesh time. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR – Fire broke out and spread quickly, destroying Block E of Nayapara refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Thursday (1/14/2021) at 01.30 local. At least 510 shelters were severely damaged. The Aksi Cepat Tanggap partner at Cox's Bazar reported that there are still many damages that had not been reported. It is possible that the number of Rohingya refugees who have lost their homes is bigger.

In addition to shelters, a market with 100 shops, a mosque, a community center, a school and a service center was also burned down. The cause of the fire is unknown. The firefighting team was only able to reach the location at 03.00 am.

Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response - ACT reported that the refugees whose shelters were burned down had lost their valuables. "No casualties were reported, but two children are missing, and some were injured while trying to extinguish the fire," said Faradiba.

Faradiba said that ACT is trying to assist the victims of the fire. At the moment, generosity of the Indonesians is direly needed. Global Humanity Response – ACT continues to coordinate with partners in Bangladesh.

This was not the first fire that broke out in the camp. In November 2019, Rohingya IDP shelters in Camp Nget Chaung, Pauk Taw City, North Arakan, Myanmar, also caught fire.

The Rohingyas have been living in poverty and persecution, as the United Nations dubbed Rohingyas the most world’s most persecuted minority. They have been living under threat and violence since 2012. []