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Rohingya camp gutted in Okhla, no casualties

Rohingya camp gutted in Okhla, no casualties

In another addition to the miseries of Rohingya refugees, a massive fire in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj camp on April 15 rendered some 230 of them homeless. Though no causalty was reported, one person sustained burn injuries on his hand. "People from the adjoining areas came and tried to douse the fire with buckets of water but the tents quickly caught fire and were destroyed", Hussain, who has been living in the camp since 2012, recalled. Many people were sleeping when the fire broke out, however all were rescued on time", said Shakir."We don't know how fire broke out.

Some locals said that the fire was not an accident but an attempt to damage the lives of the Rohingya refugees. Residents lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

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Fire department officials said the fire began at around 3 am and two fire tenders were initially sent to the spot. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police". According to the DCP of southeast Chinmoy Biswal, "A short circuit is expected to have caused the fire". The school uniforms of the children were also burnt to ashes and with this, their dream to go to school also shattered. The residents were illegally pulling out electricity from the wires. "They were unable to pull the load of the amount of electricity they were consuming and hence one of these snapped", said a police officer. Forty-six Rohingya families - 226 people - lived in the settlement, which is the only Rohingya camp in the city.

As per primary information, some fault in electric wiring, short-circuit led to the fire.


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