Massive fire breaks out at Delhi’s only Rohingya refugee camp

IMG-20180416-WA0009A massive fire breaks out in Rohingya refugee camp near Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj metro station colony on April 15 at around 3 am. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far; only one person got injured during the incident.

About 230 people were staying in the camp.

Atul Garg, chief fire officer of the Delhi fire service said, “We received a call at around 3:40am from Kanchan Kunj after which 11 fire tenders were pressed into service. They took three hours to douse the flames.”

The source of fire is still unknown; however, the preliminary probe reveals that fire could have started in an office building which is located next to the JJ slum camp which spread all over the camp. It has burnt around 55 houses and all the belongings of the families staying there were also burnt to ashes.

A resident with a heavy heart has said that “We have also lost all our articles, including refugee cards and money as the fire spread very quickly. Many people were sleeping when the fire broke out, however all were rescued on time.”

Meanwhile, the families have been moved to temporary camp. They have been provided with tents and mosquito nets.

NGO’s and the local people have extended help to Rohingya Muslims. “We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police,” a resident said.