NEW DELHI: A massive fire in the wee hours of Sunday gutted a big camp sheltering over 200 Rohingya Muslims in South Delhi. The belongings of around 45 families have been completely destroyed.
“The fire broke out around 3 AM. The reason of the fire is not known. We reached the spot this morning and found a heap of ash in the place of camp that would shelter 225 people, more than 100 of them women and children,” said Syed Azharuddin, PR Secretary of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), who visited the site in Kalindi Kunj area on the Delhi-Noida border.
The Rohingya families had been living in the camp since 2012. Azharuddin who met the victims along with some other social activists said that they have lost their documents provided by the India office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The urgent need for them, he said, is to provide them a shelter, particularly for women and children. Azharuddin said he is approaching some NGOs for urgent relief to the victim families.
Lakhs of Rohingyan Muslims have fled Myanmar in the last few years following the persecution by the military as well as some militant Buddhist groups.