A devastating blaze swept via a decades-old UN Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh within the early hours of Thursday, destroying greater than 550 properties and displacing about 3,500 individuals, UN assist staff stated.
The fireplace struck a UN camp in southern Bangladesh, with footage circulating on social media of the flames raging and fully burning down a complete phase of the location.
Firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the flames have been reportedly impeded by exploding gasoline cylinders inside individuals’s properties, and so they spent hours tackling the blaze. Whereas managing to stop the flames from spreading additional out from the camp, they may not save shelters or belongings.
Hours after the fireplace was put out, residents of the camp have been seen looking out via the ash-strewn ruins in an try and rescue any possessions that may have survived.
Full destruction within the Nayapara refugee camp. These are the Rohingya who’ve been right here 30 years, who humanitarians coming for stints in Bangladesh don’t even know exist. 30 years and their properties gone in a single evening. A trainer I do know misplaced his house and the varsity he constructed. pic.twitter.com/nmsL6hZoCn
— Kaamil Ahmed (@KaamilAhmed) January 14, 2021
“Everyone seems to be crying,” one refugee on the camp, Mohammed Arakani, instructed Reuters within the wake of the blaze. “They misplaced all their belongings. They misplaced all the pieces, fully burned down, they misplaced all their items.”
The UNHCR stated it could present assist to these affected, together with clothes, meals, and medical care, in addition to working with authorities to analyze the reason for the fireplace.
Following the fireplace, Save the Youngsters’s nation director in Bangladesh, Onno van Manen, labelled it “one other devastating blow for the Rohingya individuals who have endured unspeakable hardship for years.”
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Round 1,000,000 Rohingya individuals are based mostly in camps on the mainland in southern Bangladesh, with 1000’s having been moved to distant islands in current weeks, towards the desires of human rights teams. The vast majority of residents within the camps fled Myanmar after the nation launched a crackdown towards them, which the UN has labelled “genocide.”
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