At least three people have been killed in a second deadly fire at a Rohingya camp in less than two weeks, Bangladeshi officials say.
A fire at a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh has destroyed more than 20 shops and killed at least three people, police and eyewitnesses said.
Local police chief Ahmed Sanjur Morshed said on Friday that it took firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control and they recovered the bodies from the rubble.
Several others were injured in the blaze, the second fatal in less than two weeks.
The blaze broke out early Friday morning when residents of the Kutupalong camp, home to more than 1,000,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, were asleep.
Saidul Mustafa, a shop owner, confirmed that the dead were his employees.
“We had five workers who were lying in the shop but three of them were missing. Then after lighting the fire with water we first found one corpse, then all three. By the grace of God, two people survived, “Anisul Mostafa, a Rohingya refugee and a relative of the owner, told The Associated Press.
It is not clear how the fire started.
Local fire chief Imdadul Haque said the market was located near a few thousand extremely flammable bamboo and tarpaulin sheds, where most Rohingya live, and that the latest fire would have been catastrophic if it had not been brought under control quickly.
Two more serious fires this year have sounded alarm bells over the security situation in camps where nearly ten million Muslim refugees have been living since fleeing the military climate in neighboring Myanmar in recent years.
Later aid agencies and the government began rebuilding the shelters March 22 is a huge fire 15 were killed, 550 were injured and about 45,000 were left homeless. They are still investigating the cause of the burning
In January, The Nayapara camp caught fireAnother Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar that was homeless by the thousands, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is home to at least 3,500 people – more than 550 shelters have been completely or partially destroyed, as well as 150 shops and an organization owned by a non-profit organization.
Authorities have sent about 13,000 refugees to an island in recent months, promising a better life for more than ten million Rohingya, most of whom fled Myanmar in 2017 after a major investigation by the country’s military.
Bangladesh has hosted refugees in crowded camps and is keen to start sending their Buddhist-majority back to Myanmar, but the Rohingyas have refused to go as several attempts have failed. Fear of more violence In a country that denies them basic rights, including citizenship.
Repatriation efforts became more uncertain in February, when Myanmar’s military has staged a coup And elected, replacing the citizen government that has been in office since 2001.