1,000 houses gutted by fire at Rohingya camp

Our Correspondent

23 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Cox’s Bazar: A devastating fire broke out at Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district on Monday, destroying at least 1,000 houses till filling of this report at 5:30 pm on the day.

The fire broke out in the camp at about 04:20pm, said Cox’s Bazar 14 Armed Police Battalion Commander Atiqur Rahman.

At least 1,000 houses have already been burnt till filing of this report at 5:30 pm when the local people and the firefighters were trying to douse the fire, reports our Cox's Bazar correspondent.

A block of the camp has already been destroyed. The fire rapidly spread due to speedy wind blowing there, he said.

Reason behind the fire is yet to be known. The Rohingyas have already been evacuated from the camp to avoid casualties, Atiqur Rahman said.

Rohingya leader Md Rafiq said, “The fire started in the afternoon and spread quickly. Local people attempted to extinguish the fire till arrival of the firefighters.”