A massive fire has ripped through a Rohingya refugee camp - believed to be the world’s largest, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. It began Sunday 5th March, around 2.45 in the afternoon, local time – quickly consuming fragile bamboo and tarpaulin tents, which were already overcrowded and vulnerable.
2,000 shelters were gutted before the blaze was brought under control, leaving 12,000 people homeless. Ninety local facilities, including educational centres and hospitals have been destroyed – a terrible setback in an area where communities struggle with inadequate education, malnutrition, and disease.
Meanwhile, community centres and mosques are providing emergency accommodation, while damage is assessed, and the cause investigated.
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