Massive Fire Guts Delhi's Only Rohingya Camp, 230 Refugees Again Homeless

The fire in Rohingya slum in South East Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj reduced 44 huts to ashes

The fire in Rohingya slum in South East Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj reduced 44 huts to ashes

At least 50 shanties in a Rohingya camp in southeast Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area were gutted in a fire that broke out early on Sunday, media reports said. "It took nearly four hours to douse the fire in the camp where the families reside".

Meanwhile, the families have been moved to temporary camp. It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the police said, however, it suggested that fire could have broken out from a nearby office building of the refugee camp. "Three cooking gas cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said. "We have arranged for food for all the residents and informed authorities concerned about the situation", said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP (South-East). "Ten fire tenders were sent to the spot", an official of the fire department told Scroll.in.

Residents of the camp said that the blaze appeared to have spread from the extreme right corner of the camp. Clothes, documents and other belongings were all charred. I lost Rs. 20,000 in cash that I had saved to buy an e-rickshaw.

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

After the fire, the residents have been shifted to a makeshift camp, and local residents have pitched in to provide clothes and food to the displaced refugees.

"We got information about the fire through messages going around on the college WhatsApp group".

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