A major fire broke out in a slum near Kalindi Kunj Metro Station area in the national capital on Sunday, a news agency ANI reported. "We have also lost all our articles including refugee cards and money as the fire spread very quickly". Many have also lost documents related to their properties in Myanmar.
The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
A fire department official said it took 11 fire tenders three hours to douse the fire. No one was killed or injured in the incident, except one resident of the camp who received minor burn injuries oh his hand. It added that the fire began at the back of the camp where the toilets are located.
"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added.
The rescued refugees were provided temporary tent and mosquito nets to their spend time in the ground till their shanties are reconstructed.
Locals claimed the camp, housing nearly 100 women and 50 children, doesn't have sufficient firefighting equipment despite this being the fourth fire in the six years since the camp came into existence. "Apart from that, there is nothing else to tackle such situations", Karimullah, a camp resident, claimed. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said. Police are yet to ascertain the reason which caused the fire in the area. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.
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