Fire ravages refugee camps (VIDEOS), thousands of people are homeless — Action News Now

Within two hours, the flames destroyed 1,200 shelters in one of the largest settlements in the world

Police said a fire destroyed a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, leaving thousands of people homeless.

Approximately 1,200 houses were destroyed in the fire,” Kamran Hussein, spokesman for the armed police battalion, told AFP on Sunday.

Law enforcement officials said the fire started at 4:40pm local time and was brought under control at around 6.30pm, but these two hours were enough to make more than 5,000 people homeless because most shelters are made of bamboo And tarpaulin, highly flammable material.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh Say That, after receiving “Sudden fire“At Camp 16 in the border area of ​​Cox’s Bazar, it’s “Deploy team now,” including medical staff to protect refugees. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

According to Médecins Sans Frontières, this is not the first time a fire has swept through camps of Muslim minorities, many of whom fled neighboring Myanmar to avoid persecution following the 2017 military crackdown, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 10,000 Rohingya .

In March last year, another fire claimed the lives of 15 refugees and made 50,000 homeless in the Bangladesh border camp, which can accommodate approximately 850,000 people and is considered one of the largest refugee settlements in the world .

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