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UNHCR estimates 239 individuals affected by fire

Multiple shelters and facilities were damaged or destroyed as a result of the incident, including personal belongings, LPG cylinders and cooking stoves, as well as food items

Update : 26 Apr 2023, 07:28 PM

A fire broke out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Monday evening. The fire was specifically located in Camp 21, a UNHCR-managed refugee camp in Teknaf.

As of Tuesday, UNHCR estimated that 239 individuals have been affected by the fire, 76% of whom are women and children, according to a press release. 

No fatalities were reported. Refugees affected by the fire sought shelter either with relatives or at the community centre. 

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Multiple shelters and facilities were damaged or destroyed as a result of the incident, including personal belongings, LPG cylinders and cooking stoves, as well as food items.

Trained refugee volunteers were among the first responders. Rohingya safety unit and site management volunteers, together with other refugee community members, doused the fire with water and fire extinguishers. 

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Government emergency services and armed forces also played an integral role in putting out the fire.

Under the lead of the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), humanitarian partners have been onsite soon after the onset of the fire to establish a coordinated response. A coordination meeting was held on Tuesday, led by the camp-in-charge (CIC) of Camp 21 with multi-sector participation from humanitarian partners.

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UNHCR is working closely with the government, the Inter-sector Coordination Group (ISCG), NGO partners and other UN agencies, to assess the damage and respond to urgent needs on the ground. Refugee volunteers continue to be mobilized to support the affected families and direct them to available services.

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