By Rohingya Vision TV Correspondent | 15th April 2018
New Delhi: A fire broke out in a Rohingya refugee camp at Kalindi Kunj localit on Delhi’s south-eastern periphery, India today (15th April), report locals from the area.
At mid-night around 3:15 AM a fire broke out in the make shift camps. According to locals and police exact cause of this fire is yet unveiled.
However, preliminary investigations point to an office building located next to the JJ slum camp where the fire could have started, which soon spread all over the camp.
“No one was injured, except a resident of the camp who received minor burn injuries on his hand. Three cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation by police and fire department officials,” said a police officer as quoted from a local news source.
Massive fire razed heavily about 20 minutes and Within that short period all 46 houses in the Rohingya camp had been burnt to the ground. Most families lost all their belongings, including their documents.
About 30 minutes after the blaze broke out, two fire tender reached the site. Eight others followed. It took the firefighters over two hours to douse the flames, fire department officials said. But late into the afternoon, clouds of smoke were still hanging in the air according to another local source.
“Nothing could be saved – money, clothes, essential belongings or even our identity cards,” said Zafar who’s house was also burnt into ashes.
The Kalindi Kunj Rohingya camp was set up in 2012 by a non-government organisation on a 150-odd square meter plot that it owns. It has 226 residents – 100 of them are women, with 50 children.
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Fire razing down Rohingya camps in New Delhi. Image: NH