Loud cries, panic, despair prevailed at Kanchen Kunj near Okhla when a fire broke out at the Rohingya camp on early Sunday and gutted as many as 250 shanties sheltering around 226 refugees.
Though no casualties were reported, the refugees have reportedly lost their valuable documents, including ID cards and United Nations-issued special visas.
The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim people fleeing persecution in western Myanmar. At least 11 Fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. No one was killed or injured in the incident, except one resident of the camp who received minor burn injuries oh his hand.
A preliminary probe revealed that the fire began in a toilet in the far left corner of the plot, where over 47 families live.
According to the police, all the homes in the camp were made of asbestos sheets; all of them were gutted. Syed Hussain, 35, said they had just enough time to wake up their children and family members.
Mohammad Shakir, one of the residents of the camp said that about 230 people from the Rohingya community were staying in the camp. "Apart from that, there is nothing else to tackle such situations", Karimullah, a camp resident, claimed. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police".
A forensic team and officials from power discom BSES visited the camp to ascertain the cause of the fire. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.