Fire broke out at Muslim refugee camp in Arakan

Pauktaw refugee camp in Burma

(Pauk Taw, 15 January 2014): Once again the fire has broken out at a refugee camp in Pauktaw township of Arakan State on the wee hour of Thursday damaging nearly 40 makeshift houses, said a police officer after visiting the location.

“The fire was originated from the barrack of one Haniba (house no 87) at Sin Datmaw Muslim refugee camp at around 1 am. It gutted at least 39 buildings,” said the police officer on duty.

The damaged buildings include 34 barracks, consisting of 8 rooms each with six kitchen rooms and also two school buildings. The buildings were constructed by the Burmese authority for the Muslim inmates, informed an eyewitness in the  camp.

Earlier the fire broke out at another refugee camp at Nget Chaung in the same locality. The last incident of fire on December 12 burned down 34 makeshift buildings.

According to the village sources, two Arakanese State ministers and officials from Army and State police have already arrived in Sin Datmaw Muslim refugee camp for prompt inspection.


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