By Ruma Paul and Sudipto Ganguly

DHAKA (Reuters) -An enormous hearth at a camp for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh destroyed houses and despatched thick black clouds of smoke via the realm on Sunday earlier than being introduced below management.

The blaze erupted at Camp 11 in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern border district the place greater than one million Rohingya refugees stay. A lot of the refugees fled a military-led crackdown in Myanmar in 2017, and the fireplace left a few of them homeless once more.

“We at present haven’t got an estimate for damages however there are not any experiences of casualties,” Rafiqul Islam, further police superintendent at Cox’s Bazar instructed Reuters.

He added that the blaze was below management and senior officers from the fireplace, police and refugee aid departments have been on the website. Faruque Ahmed, an area police official, mentioned the reason for the fireplace was not clear.

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Neither police official gave an estimate for the variety of houses destroyed.

“I could not save something. All the pieces burnt to ashes. Many are with out houses. I do not know what is going to occur to us,” mentioned 40-year-old refugee Selim Ullah, a father of six youngsters.

“After we have been in Myanmar we confronted plenty of issues… our homes have been burned down, he mentioned. “Now it has occurred once more.”

The refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar are liable to such blazes. A large hearth in March 2021 killed no less than 15 refugees and destroyed over 10,000 houses.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka, Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai, further reporting by Krishn Kaushik and Aditi Shah in New DelhiEditing by Frank Jack Daniel, Christina Fincher and Frances Kerry)

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