Fire at Delhi camp leaves Rohingyas homeless again


Fire destroys Delhi's only Rohingya camp, no casualties reported

Efforts underway to provide food, alternative shelter for victims.

Troubles for Rohingya refugees continue, as while the case for their deportation is pending in the Indian Supreme Court, the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj faced a massive fire on Sunday, gutting the only Rohingya camp in Delhi, leaving 228 homeless and one injured. Officials suspect a short-circuit in an electrical wire may have started the fire which then spread to shanties made mostly of asbestos, tin and plastic sheets.

The police teams were sent to the camp to assist the fire-fighters in the rescue operation.

A forensic team and officials from power discom BSES visited the camp to ascertain the cause of the fire. It began at 3 am.

Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer of the Delhi Fire Service said, "We received a call at around 3:40am from Kanchan Kunj in Kalindi Kunj after which 11 fire tenders were pressed into service". It added that the fire began at the back of the camp where the toilets are located.

Locals claimed the camp, housing nearly 100 women and 50 children, doesn't have sufficient firefighting equipment despite this being the fourth fire in the six years since the camp came into existence.

According to a resident, "The fire first gutted the homes and turned into a fireball within no time". We blindly ran out to save ourselves from being singed. Forty-six Rohingya families - 226 people - lived in the settlement, which is the only Rohingya camp in the city.

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