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Massive fire breaks out at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

At least 3 dead, many missing, eyewitness says, authorities trying to contain blaze

Md. Kamruzzaman   | 22.03.2021
Massive fire breaks out at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Hundreds of shanties were gutted after a massive fire broke out at Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Monday, according to eyewitnesses and authorities.

"We have got the report of fire and we responded to the incident. We are trying to control the blaze," Mohammad Shamsud Douza, additional commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, told Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses at the camp in Cox's Bazar said the fire started at around 3.30 p.m. local time (1030GMT) and it is still burning.

"More than 700 tents have been gutted while the fire has gone almost out of control," Mayyu Khan, Rohingya youth leader, told Anadolu Agency.

A huge fire swept through Rohingya refugee camps

COX'S BAZAAR, BANGLADESH - MARCH 22: A person is seen after a huge fire broken out in the Balukhali Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on March 22, 2021. A huge fire swept through Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, destroying thousands of homes as people scrambled to recover their possessions amid burning shanties and tents. ( Stringer - Anadolu Agency )

Muhammad Ayyub, another Rohingya representative, told Anadolu Agency over phone that at least one woman, 19, and two children aged six and nine years old were reportedly killed and several others are still missing.

The fire department has reportedly dispatched a team to the scene, he also said, while the fire brigade trucks are yet to arrive.

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