Early morning blaze at Nayapara refugee camps left 3500 affected
Cox’s Bazar, 14 January 2021:
A fire began in the early hours of today at block E refugee camps of Nayapara Registered Camp.
Over 550 refugee shelters were damaged, leaving around 3,500 persons affected. Around 150 shops and an NGO facility were also damaged.
The affected families are supported in clearing the site with the provision of shelter materials, winter clothes, hot meals, and medical care to the affected refugee population.
UNHCR trained safety and community volunteers, together with the Community members were the first on the scene to protect the population at risk and reduce the spread of the fire.
We are grateful to the fire department who arrived at the spot quickly.
UNHCR is on the spot since early morning with partners and the authorities. Coordinated response is being led by RRRC/ CIC office and UNHCR with partners and sister agencies.
We are relieved to know that there has been no casualty reported which was one of the grave concerns given the fire broke out during the late night.
Security experts are liaising with the authorities to investigate on the cause of fire.