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46 shanties gutted in blaze at city's lone Rohingya camp, 200 displaced

16 April 2018

April 16 (ANI): After a major fire broke out at Rohingya camp near Delhi's Kalindi Kunj Metro Station, the refugees have been shifted to the nearby ground and were provided help by the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and the locals. Residents lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar. No casualties were reported.

It took 11 fire tenders two hours to douse the flames, which devoured everything in the way.

One of the Rohingyas told ANI, "Everything we had been gutted in the fire". One man, Vikas Kumar, who was sleeping in a garage adjacent to the camp, suffered burn injuries to the hand and has been admitted to a private hospital.

Secretary of the Zaket Foundation NGO which had built the initial camp Mumtaz Azmi said to Business Standard that "If the government gives us the permission, we will go ahead and build a camp again for those people". It added that the fire began at the back of the camp where the toilets are located.

Police teams were sent to the camp to assist in firefighting operations. Syed Hussain, 35, said they had just enough time to wake up their children and family members. All the Rohingya occupants of the camp have been moved safely to a temporary settlement. "Apart from that, there is nothing else to tackle such situations", Karimullah, a camp resident, claimed.

"A case under appropriate sections has been registered to further investigate the incident". Police are yet to ascertain the reason which caused the fire in the area.

46 shanties gutted in blaze at city's lone Rohingya camp, 200 displaced