DHAKA: A “massive” fire broke out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Sunday, destroying several buildings, which is now under control, police said. Reutersadding that there were no casualties.
The fire struck Camp 11 in Cox’s Bazar, a border district that is home to more than a million Rohingya refugees, many of whom fled a military offensive in Myanmar in 2017. Rafiqul Islam, the superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, told Reuters.
“Right now we have no estimate for the damage but there are no reports of casualties,” Islam said, adding that the fire is under control and that there are senior officials of the fire department, police and refugees in the area.
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Faruque Ahmed, a local police officer, said the cause of the fire was not clear.
Refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in southeastern Bangladesh are often affected by such fires. Similar fires occurred in Jan 2022 and March 2021.
While the fire in 2022 only destroyed houses, the big fire in 2021 killed at least 15 refugees and destroyed more than 10,000 houses.