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Rohingya camp in Delhi gutted by fire, preliminary probe suggests short circuit to be the cause

A major fire has gutted about 50 shanties in the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi. According to reports, the fire broke out early on Sunday morning and soon spread in the camp located in the Kalindikunj area of Southeast Delhi.

About 230 Rohingyas have reportedly lost their shanties in the fire that broke early on Sunday. The fire reportedly started from a toilet and soon engulfed the camp. Many Rohingyas have stated that they have lost their belongings and documents, including ID cards issued by the UN, in the fire.

Eleven fire engines were rushed to the spot and it took almost three hours to douse the flames. Almost all shanties were made up of asbestos sheets and burned up fast as they were built close to each other.

The police have taken measures to provide the affected with shelter, food and drinking water. Police officials, with help from locals, have set up tarpaulin tents in the nearby area and are reportedly providing food, water and other basic necessities to the affected people. Locals have reportedly set up temporary kitchens to feed them and UN aid workers have also reached the spot.

The police are yet to establish the cause of the fire and a preliminary probe suspected a short circuit. A forensic team has been investigating on the spot of the incident. Around 60 families were living in that camp and no casualty has been reported.

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