Rohingya camp fire: heatwave adds to woes

No casualties were reported but the jhuggis were gutted and the families lost all their belongings in the fire at the Rohingya camp in Haryana’s Nuh. Around 200 people were staying in the camp that was set up in May 2012.  

A day after a fire broke out at a Rohingya camp in Haryana’s Nuh district, rendering around 50 families homeless, some non-government organisations, locals and the district administration came forward for their relief and rehabilitation.

The affected families, however, said that the efforts were not enough and the children and the elderly were suffering because of heatwave conditions.

“Soon after the fire, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate visited the camp on Sunday evening and a tent was erected for the affected families. However, it was after several calls to the district officials that a water tank was brought to the camp on Monday. There were no buckets and utensils to store the water. It was emptied in a huge underground water tank in the village. A few locals and non-government organisations brought food for the families around noon,” said Ali Johar, who has been co-ordinating with the administration and the NGOs for the relief work.

Mr. Johar said that a few children and elderly in the camp were taken ill due to heatwave conditions and the district administration and the NGOs were requested to expedite the rehabilitation work.

“A few NGOs had offered to provide bamboos and tarpaulin to make jhuggis for the families but we requested them to use tin sheets as they last long and are fireproof. The local MLA Zakir Hussain also visited the camp and offered to provide monetary help for it,” Mr. Johar added.

Though there were no casualties, the jhuggis were gutted and the families lost all their belongings.

Around 200 people had come to settle at the camp in May 2012.

Ubais Sainulabdeen, a human rights activist, also visited the camp on Monday and held discussions with the NGOs for the relief of the affected families.

“The local administration has done a satisfactory job. I had gone and visited the camp today [on Monday] and discussed the situation with the NGOs willing to help the families,” said Mr. Sainulabdeen.

The activist also expressed apprehension that there could be a conspiracy behind the fire. “It is a third such incident in less than a month after Rohingya camps were gutted in Jammu and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. The police need to carry out proper investigation in the matter,” Mr. Sainulabdeen added. Deputy Commissioner, Nuh, Ashok Sharma, claimed that the administration was quick to respond to the situation and arranged food and clothing for the families.

“We have made arrangements for food and water keeping in view their needs in the month of Ramzaan. We have deployed mobile toilets and distributed clothes and T-shirts. Many of them have expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the administration,” said Mr. Sharma.

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