Massive Fire Guts Delhi's Only Rohingya Camp, 230 Refugees Again Homeless

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Efforts underway to provide food, alternative shelter for victims.

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.

"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added. No casualty was reported, however a resident sustained burn injuries on his hands. "Three cooking gas cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said. Police are yet to ascertain the reason which caused the fire in the area. It began at 3 am. 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.

According to the police, all the homes in the camp were made of asbestos sheets; all of them were gutted.

A preliminary probe revealed that the fire began in a toilet in the far left corner of the plot, where over 47 families live. Syed Hussain, 35, said they had just enough time to wake up their children and family members. We blindly ran out to save ourselves from being singed.

Several neighbours reached the spot with breakfast and tea. "People from the adjoining areas came and tried to douse the fire with buckets of water but the tents quickly caught fire and were destroyed", Hussain, who has been living in the camp since 2012, recalled.