Fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi, 250 shanties gutted

  • Fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi, 250 shanties gutted

Fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi, 250 shanties gutted

"For now, we are planning to get land cleared by forensics so that we can start re-building houses for the refugees, however, this time we will make sure to make "pakka houses" and also provide them all the necessities that they have lost in the fire", said Ghayyur Ahmed Qasmi, national president, Jamitulma Hind. The fire quickly spread across the 47 homes destroying everything in the makeshift camp in which shelters are predominantly made from plastic sheets and asbestos. "By 6.30 a.m., we had brought the fire under control".

A person sustained five percent burn injury in the fire who has been shifted to a hospital.

"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added. "We have arranged for food for all the residents and informed authorities concerned about the situation", said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP (South-East). A preliminary report suggests that a short circuit might have been the reason.

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

The cause of the blaze is not known yet, but it appears as though it spread from the extreme right corner of the camp.

"I rushed to a safe place along with my family of seven. Everything that I had collected in the last four years has been reduced to ashes", said Khurshid Alam, another resident. The occupants of the camp work as labourers across the city. We could could barely get enough time to get ut belongings.

However, several non-government organisations and students of the Delhi University and the Jamia Millia Islamia had come to help the victims.