Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Massive fire at Rohingya camp in Delhi

Massive fire at Rohingya camp in Delhi

A major fire broke out at a Rohingya camp in south-east Delhi's Kanchan Kunj area early on Sunday. According to a report published by the national daily, Indian Express, 11 fire tenders were dispatched at the location which took 3 hours to stop 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.

The source of fire is still unknown; however, the preliminary probe reveals that fire could have started in an office building which is located next to the JJ slum camp which spread all over the camp.

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. All the Rohingya occupants of the camp have been moved safely to a temporary settlement.

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The fire broke out around 3.30 am due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring system in the camp and spread rapidly, police said. They have been provided with tents and mosquito nets.

An NGO had set up the Rohingya camp in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj locality in 2012 on a 150-odd sqm plot it owns. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said.

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