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March 09, 2022

A devastating fire that broke out yesterday in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar destroyed more than 400 shelters with the killing of a 6-year-old refugee boy, staff correspondent reports.

The fire started at around 3:30 pm from Camp-5 that engulfed a boy and drove a person to the dying condition.

UNHCR report says the dying person was sent to hospital due to smoke inhalation but is now in a stable condition

According to the initial analysis of UNCRH, Bangladesh, the blaze destroyed some 400 shelters and facilities including two learning centres, a water distribution network, several WASH facilities and one UNHCR-supported primary healthcare centre.

But refugees said about 600 shelters were burnt to ashes.

The Rohingya Refugees with the help of UNHCR, IOM along with other organizations immediately started to extinguish the fire until the local fire department and authorities arrived and contained the blaze at 4: 45pm before it could spread to adjacent camps, refugee volunteers said.

This is the sixth fire incident in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar since the beginning of this year and follows a massive fire in January that destroyed 1,200 shelters.

Reported By: staff correspondent

Edited By: Md. Shuaib