ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR – Aksi Cepat Tanggap distributed ready-to-eat meals to fire victims in Balukhali Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Wednesday (3/24/2021). The distribution was an initial response in helping Rohingya fire victims.
Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity-Response-ACT team explained that, after conducting the assessment, the team would prepare the best assistance for the victims. “Inshaallah, we will continue to support them with food assistance and make efforts to build houses with concrete frames,” said Firdaus.
The Rohingya fire victims now have no shelters as Ramadan comes in only two weeks. Firdaus hoped the generosity and kindness of Indonesian people can help Aksi Cepat Tanggap in providing shelter for them.
“ Rohingya fire victims need humanitarian support. The fires in the Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh have further added to the suffering of the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya refugees,” explained Firdaus.
More than 17,500 shelters burned down
The fire that scorched the Balukhali Camp made more than 47 thousand people lost their homes. At first, the fire burned down one camp before spreading to the other three camps, Monday afternoon (3/22/2021). The total area burned was estimated to reach more than 3,700 hectares.
The fire was extinguished after six hours with the help of the firefighters and local residents. The latest data says that 15 people died in this incident and hundreds more are still missing.