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Fire at worlds biggest refugee camp kills 15


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A fire at the worlds biggest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangledesh has killed at least 15 people, with more more still missing.

At least 10,000 shelters have been destroyed, leaving 45,000 refugees displaced from their homes.

A statement on the UN Refugee Agency website read: “Based on provisional reports, as of this morning (Tuesday 23 March), 15 refugees are confirmed to have tragically lost their lives in the fire. More than 560 have been injured and an estimated 400 people are still missing.

“In support of the ongoing response led by the Bangladeshi authorities, UNHCR, in coordination with IOM and other UN and NGO partners as well as refugee volunteers, is rushing to provide critical support and protection to some 45,000 Rohingya refugees who lost their shelters and belongings in the devastating blaze.

“At least 10,000 shelters are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged, but figures are expected to climb in the coming days as assessments continue. Refugees who have been displaced are being temporarily accomodated within the camp community.

“With an unknown number of refugees having sustained burn injuries, UNHCR has provided medical supplies through ICRC in support of the management of burn patients. Emergency first aid including psychosocial support is also being provided. Health volunteers from the refugee community are helping to refer those in need of critical support services.”

So far the cause of the fire is unknown.

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