A huge fire broke out as early as at 03:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Rohingya Refugees' camp near the Kalindi Kunj Metro Rail Station in New Delhi. The fire quickly spread across the 47 homes destroying everything in the makeshift camp in which shelters are predominantly made from plastic sheets and asbestos.
A total of 46 shanties were gutted. According to fire officials, "We are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire". One person suffered minor injuries.
"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added.
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"We deployed several teams of police officers for rescue operation. We have arranged for food for all the residents and informed authorities concerned about the situation", said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP (South-East).
A day after the massive that fire razed down the only camp for Rohingyas in the national Capital, the residents are once again trying to knit their lives together. "Ten fire tenders were sent to the spot", an official of the fire department told Scroll.in. A preliminary report suggests that a short circuit might have been the reason. "The fire spread across the camp within 15 minutes". Clothes, documents and other belongings were all charred. The camp, established in 2012 at Madanpur Khadar area of Kalindi Kunj, has seen four incidents of fire since - in 2012, 2016, 2017 and now in 2018. The occupants of the camp work as labourers across the city. "I hope we re-build our houses so that the women and the children of our families can get better conditions", said Mohammad Saeed. "We immediately rushed to the site with food and clothes", said a student of Jamia Millia Islamia.