Bangladesh Probe Huge Fire At World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Bangladesh authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire in a Rohingya refugee camp which has left 12,000 people without shelter.
No casualties have been reported, but the fire on Sunday razed 2,000 shelters after spreading quickly through gas cylinders in kitchens officials said.
Police are investigating if the fire was an act of sabotage. One man has been detained, local media reported.
The camp in the south-east is believed to be the world’s largest refugee camp.
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On Monday, hundreds had returned to the cox’s bazar area to see what they could salvage from the ruins.
The blaze had started at about 14:45 local time Sunday and quickly tore through the bamboo-and-tarpaulin shelters, an official said.
Between January 2021 and December 2022, there were 222 fire incidents in the Rohingya camps including 60 cases of Arson, according to a Bangladesh Defence Ministry report released last month.
In March 2021, at least 15 people were killed and some 50,000 were displaced after a huge fire tore through a camp in the settlement.