A fire that razed a transit camp for Rohingyas, run by UNHCR in Bandarban, killed at least four members of a family on Thursday night.
The victims were identified as Nurhada, 30, and her three children — Imam Sharif, 8, Bibi Mariam, 6, and Arjuan Bibi, 1, said local police.
The fire originated from a candle around 8:30pm and engulfed their tent at Gum Dhum of Naikhyangchari of Bandarban, Naikhyangchari police officer-in-charge Alamgir Sheikh told New Age.
The victims were sleeping and taken to field hospitals run by Bangladesh Red Crescent and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) where duty doctors declared them dead, he added.
Rohingyas and local people said that aid workers put out the fire and rescued them, said Mohammad Reza, in-charge of nearby Kutupalong registered camp under Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar.
UNHCR Bangladesh spokesperson Joseph Tripura confirmed that four people died in the fire at the transit camp run by the UN agency.
According to the estimation of the United Nations, till January 7, 6,55,500 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since the beginning of the new influx on August 25, what the UN called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency.
The new influx began after Myanmar security forces responded to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army’s reported attacks on August 25 by launching a violent campaign against
Rohingya people, which the UN denounced as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
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