Massive fire at Rohingya camp in Delhi leaves at least 228 homeless

The fire broke out at around 3.30am due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring system in the camp and spread rapidly, police said.

Published: 15th April 2018 11:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2018 09:33 AM   |  A+A-

An early Sunday fire razed down a Rohingya camp in the Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi on April 15 (Express Photo | Parveen Negi)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A massive fire at a camp of the Rohingya refugees in southeast Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area today rendered at least 228 of them homeless, police said.

The fire broke out at around 3.30am due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring system in the camp and spread rapidly, police said.

As many as 44 shanties were gutted in the blaze.

No casualties were reported.

A fire department official said 11 fire tenders were rushed to the camp and it took them three hours to douse the fire.

An early Sunday fire razed down a Rohingya camp in the Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi on April 15 (Express Photo | Parveen Negi)

Police teams were sent to the camp to assist the fire-fighters in the rescue operation.

All the Rohingya occupants of the camp have been moved safely to a temporary settlement, police said.

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

The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Myanmar has denied them citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless.

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