New Delhi: Around fifteen people have lost their lives and 400 are missing after a huge fire destroyed the shanty homes of tens of thousands of Rohingya in the world’s biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Nearly one million of the persecuted Muslim minority live in squalid conditions at the network of camps in the southeastern Cox’s Bazar district.
According to reports, the fire broke out on Monday, leaving over 50,000 people homeless as it ripped through their flimsy bamboo-and-tarpaulin shelters. Most of the families fled with watever they could carry and some of the distraught children who separated from their children in the rush.
It was just the latest blaze in recent weeks — and the biggest since 2017. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has ordered a probe.