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Massive Fire Guts Delhi's Only Rohingya Camp, 230 Refugees Again Homeless

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| April 16 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

Troubles for Rohingya refugees continue, as while the case for their deportation is pending in the Indian Supreme Court, the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj faced a massive fire on Sunday, gutting the only Rohingya camp in Delhi, leaving 228 homeless and one injured.

The fire was doused in 2 hours by 11 fire tenders and police teams were also sent to the location to assist the firefighting operations.

However, due to the fire, the 50 families that lived at the camp lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Myanmar's Rakhine state as well as their UN cards giving them refugee status. After the fire, the residents have been shifted to a makeshift camp, and local residents have pitched in to provide clothes and food to the displaced refugees.

A lawyer working on the Rohingya issue Sanjana Srikumar said to Business Standard, "there was nothing left in the camp; everything was burnt to the ashes. It will be very difficult for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire.

A forensic team and officials from power distribution company BSES visited the burned camp to ascertain the cause of the fire as media reports claimed that the fire was caused by a short-circuit in the electrical wiring of a makeshift toilet.

Secretary of the Zaket Foundation NGO which had built the initial camp Mumtaz Azmi said to Business Standard that "If the government gives us the permission, we will go ahead and build a camp again for those people".