Locals extend help to Rohingya refugees after fire destroys Delhi camp

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 16, 2018

In Delhi's Sarita Vihar at least 50 shanties belonging to Rohingya Muslim refugees were completely gutted in the blaze on Sunday, April 16.

A fire department official said 11 fire tenders were rushed to the camp and it took them three hours to douse the fire. No one was killed or injured in the incident, except one resident of the camp who received minor burn injuries oh his hand. Forty-six Rohingya families - 226 people - lived in the settlement, which is the only Rohingya camp in the city.

The fire broke out at around 3.30am due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring system in the camp and spread rapidly, police said.

According to police, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, 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. "Three cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said. 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.

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