Fire at Delhi camp leaves Rohingyas homeless again

Henrietta Strickland
April 16, 2018

A Rohingya camp in South East Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area was razed to the ground after a massive fire broke out early on Sunday. "They took three hours to douse the flames". All occupants were safely moved to a temporary camp near the site. It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire. "Three cooking gas cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said.

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". "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police".

He added that the residents are not sure how the fire began. "Ten fire tenders were sent to the spot", an official of the fire department told Scroll.in. A preliminary report suggests that a short circuit might have been the reason.

According to the locals, the fire broke out around 3 am and gutted 46 shanties within half an hour.

Residents of the camp said that the blaze appeared to have spread from the extreme right corner of the camp.

While most people escaped with their lives intact; all documents, clothes and food were gutted in the fire.

"I rushed to a safe place along with my family of seven".

A few of them also work as auto drivers and rickshaw pullers, said a police official.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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