Fire Leaves Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Homeless in Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh police said thousands of Rohingya refugees were left homeless on Sunday after a fire burned parts of their camp in southeastern Bangladesh’s border district of Cox’s Bazar.

According to armed police battalion spokesman Kamran Hossain, “about 1,200 houses were burnt in the fire.”

The fire burned through shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulin, leaving more than 5,000 people homeless, Hossain added.

Government official Mohammed Shamsud Douza said the cause of the fire is still unknown.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

In March last year, 15 people died, and about 50,000 were left homeless after a huge fire destroyed Rohingya homes in a refugee settlement in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has been praised for taking in refugees who fled across the border from Myanmar, but the Bangladeshi government has had little success finding them permanent homes.

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