Death toll rises following blaze that left thousands homeless and hundreds missing
Charity organizations including Church groups are rushing aid to the victims of a massive fire that ripped through the overcrowded Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, in southeast Bangladesh, killing up to 15 people and leaving about 400 missing some 27,000 homeless.
The blaze on March 22 engulfed Balukhali camp destroying more than 6,000 makeshift homes, refugee officials and development workers said. Authorities fear the death toll may rise as the search for the missing people continues.
“We are assessing the needs of refugees to deliver aid to them quickly,” said Immanuel Chayan Biswas, head of operations of the Caritas Rohingya project in Cox’s Bazar.