Locals extend help to Rohingya refugees after fire destroys Delhi's only camp

Locals extend help to Rohingya refugees after fire destroys Delhi's only camp

Locals extend help to Rohingya refugees after fire destroys Delhi's only camp

A major fire broke out at a Rohingya camp in south-east Delhi's Kanchan Kunj area early on Sunday. Though no one was seriously hurt, the approximately 230 residents of the camp have lost their shelter and all their valuables, including identity cards and special visas issued by the United Nations.

The fire was doused in 2 hours by 11 fire tenders and police teams were also sent to the location to assist the firefighting operations. No casualty was reported, however a resident sustained burn injuries on his hands.

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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".

A preliminary probe revealed that the fire began in a toilet in the far left corner of the plot, where over 47 families live.

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While most people escaped with their lives intact; all documents, clothes and food were gutted in the fire. They have been provided with tents and mosquito nets.

According to the police, all the homes in the camp were made of asbestos sheets; all of them were gutted. Biswal also said that they have also registered a case under relevant section under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against people at Jaitpur police station, and are trying to examine the cause of the fire. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said. According to fire officials, "We are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire". Download The for your device.in English and other languages.

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