Devastating fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh: tens of thousands displaced

On March 22, a massive fire has killed at least 15 people. The UNHCR reports 400 people are missing and more than 45,000 refugees displaced.

“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,” said UNHCR Representative, Johannes van der Klaauw.

In a Twitter statement, Development Canada tweeted: “Canada is deeply concerned by the fires that swept across Rohingya refugee camps yesterday. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected. We are monitoring the situation and are in contact with humanitarian organizations in Bangladesh to understand urgent needs on the ground.”

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