Fire engulfs Rohingya refugee camps, 1 injured

Shabir Alam 37 a Rohingya refugee feeds his child inside a temporary relief camp

Efforts underway to provide food, alternative shelter for victims.

A massive fire breaks out in Rohingya refugee camp near Delhi's Kalindi Kunj metro station colony on April 15 at around 3 am. Clothes, documents and other belongings were all charred. "One person sustained minor injuries", he said. "Three cooking gas cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said.

A resident with a heavy heart has said that "We have also lost all our articles, including refugee cards and money as the fire spread very quickly". Police are yet to ascertain the reason which caused the fire in the area. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received a call at about 3:38 am from Kanchan Kunj in Madanpur Khadar after which 11 fire tenders were pressed into service. It took firefighters more than two hours to douse the flames, officials said.

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According to the police, all the homes in the camp were made of asbestos sheets; all of them were gutted. Syed Hussain, 35, said they had just enough time to wake up their children and family members. "The fire could have spread further to adjoining slums, but fortunately it was controlled by the fire department".

Sanjana Srikumar, a lawyer working on the Rohingya issue, told Business Standard that "there was nothing left in the camp; everything was burnt to the ashes" She also mentioned that the resident lost their United Nations cards, issued to give them the refugee status.

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