There was another major fire in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. At least 15 people were killed, 400 people were missing, more than 500 people were injured, and about 50,000 people lost their shelter.
There are 34 refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar, housing about 1 million Rohingya who escaped repression from Myanmar years ago.
The UN refugee agency said yesterday that one of the camps caught fire at midnight on Monday, and the fire quickly spread to three or four other camps, burning at least 40,000 huts. Many of the dead, injured and missing were women and children.
This is the third fire disaster in the local area in four days. The first few times were small fires, but it was the third major fire this year. In January of this year, fires broke out in two refugee camps, leaving thousands of people without shelter. Two schools run by the United Nations were also destroyed.
The cause of these fires is unknown, but the staff of the International Rescue Organization said that the frequent fires are “a coincidence.”
The Bangladeshi government is currently transferring refugees in batches to a small island far away from the mainland. So far, 13,000 people have lived on the island. (Reuters)