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Rohingya camp gutted in Okhla, no casualties

16 April 2018

A major fire broke out in a slum near Kalindi Kunj Metro Station area in the national capital on Sunday, a news agency ANI reported.

While most people escaped with their lives intact; all documents, clothes and food were gutted in the fire.

A fire department official said it took 11 fire tenders three hours to douse the fire.

NGO's and the local people have extended help to Rohingya Muslims. One man, Vikas Kumar, who was sleeping in a garage adjacent to the camp, suffered burn injuries to the hand and has been admitted to a private hospital. It added that the fire began at the back of the camp where the toilets are located.

Residents said they were woken up by the cries of people and when they emerged from their tents they saw massive flames enveloping the area. We could could barely get enough time to get ut belongings.

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Police teams were sent to the camp to assist in firefighting operations.

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". "We have been provided with only five small fire extinguishers". "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said.

"A case under appropriate sections has been registered to further investigate the incident".

A forensic team and officials from power discom BSES visited the camp to ascertain the cause of the fire.

Rohingya camp gutted in Okhla, no casualties