AA / Dhaka, Bangladesh / Md. Kamruzzaman
More than 60 makeshift Rohingya refugee tents in a camp in Cox’s Bazar district in southern Bangladesh were destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening, Rohingya and official sources said.
“We first learned that the fire was caused by a domestic gas cylinder installed in a tent and that it spread to neighboring tents,” Anadolu Shah Rezwan Hayat, commissioner, told the Agency. refugees and repatriation from Bangladesh.
The fire broke out in Block B of Camp No.9 located in the Rohingya refugee camp of Balukhali.
Hayat said more than 20 Rohingya tents were damaged by fire and one Rohingya was slightly injured and admitted to hospital.
He added that the destroyed tents would be replaced as soon as possible.
According to local newspaper Prothom Alo, citing Rohingya residing in the camp, 63 Rohingya tents were reduced to ashes in the blaze.
“At least four or five Rohingya were injured while trying to bring the blaze under control,” the report said, adding that children are missing.
A serious fire that broke out on March 22 in the largest Rohingya camp in the world killed at least 15 members of the community. During this disaster, more than 10,000 barracks were reduced to ashes, as well as a Turkish field hospital installed in the camp.
Another fire claimed the lives of three Rohingya and damaged seven shops in a small market in the camp on April 2, while four tents, including an Islamic school (madrasa), were ravaged by fire on April 12.
In mid-January, a deadly fire destroyed more than 500 Rohingya barracks. Dozens of other minor fires have also broken out in overcrowded Rohingya camps over the past two years.
More than 1.1 million Rohingya have been settled in makeshift camps in Bangladesh since August 2017. Most of them have fled brutal military repression in Rakhine State, Myanmar, their home country.
* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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