COX's BAZAR, Bangladesh - Thousands of Rohingya people have been displaced after a fire ravaged their refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh according to authorities.
About 850,000 members of Myanmar's persecuted Muslim minority live in a network of camps in Bangladesh's border town of Cox's Bazar, many of whom survived a 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar that UN investigators said was carried out with "genocidal intent."
On Sunday, Kamran Hossain, a spokesman for the Armed Police Battalion, which oversees security in the camp, stated, "About 1,200 homes were burned in the fire."
According to him, the fire started at Camp 16 and spread through bamboo and tarpaulin shelters, displacing more than 5,000 people.
Hossain said that the fire started at 4:40 pm and was brought under control within two hours.
"Emergency workers have got the fire under control," Mohammed Shamsud Douza, a Bangladesh government officer in care of refugees said. "The cause of the fire has yet to be determined," he added.