BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMP FIRE

23-Mar-2021 00:01:07
A massive fire has ravaged the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees, and has taken at least 15 lives. UNHCR
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STORY: BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMP FIRE
TRT: 1:07
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: 22-23 MARCH 2021, KUTUPALONG REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, BANGLADESH
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22-23 MARCH 2021, KUTUPALONG REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, BANGLADESH

1. Various shots, raging fire
2. Traveling shot, refugees in line after fire
3. Med shot, shelter burned down
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed, UNHCR Kutupalong:
“We are deeply concerned with the fire incident that took place in some camps near Cox's Bazar.”
5. Pan right, refugees in line to get relief items
6. Wide shot, camp with smoke in the air
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ita Schuette, Head of office in Cox’s Bazar, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Families were separated, some children are still looking for their parents. This is a very difficult situation and our heart goes out to the thousands of refugees who have yet met another disaster.”
8. Wide shot, fire raging in shelters
9. Wide shot, refugees in line to get relief items
10. Wide shot, fire burning down shelters
STORYLINE
A massive fire has ravaged the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees, and has taken at least 15 lives.

Based on provisional reports, as of early Tuesday, 15 refugees have been confirmed as having tragically lost their lives in the fire. More than 560 have been injured and an estimated 400 people are still missing.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), In support of the ongoing response led by the Bangladeshi authorities and in coordination with UN organizations and NGO partners as well as refugee volunteers, is rushing to provide critical support and protection to some 45,000 Rohingya refugees who lost their shelters and belongings in yesterday’s devastating blaze.

At least 10,000 shelters are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged. Refugees who have been displaced are being temporarily accommodated within the community. Current figures are expected to climb in the coming days as new assessments come in.

With an unknown number of refugees having sustained burn injuries, UNHCR has provided medical supplies through ICRC in support of the management of burn patients. Emergency first aid including psychosocial support is also being provided. Health volunteers from the refugee community are helping to refer affected refugees to critical support services.

UNHCR is preparing to reissue registration documents to those who lost theirs in the fire. So far, UNHCR has provided some 3,000 blankets, 14,500 solar lamps, 10,400 kitchen sets and 11,500 mosquito nets. It has also made available emergency water and sanitation assistance together with Oxfam, including construction of 20 emergency latrines, emergency tap stands, water tanks, jerry cans and water purification tablets. Four water tankers are delivering safe water to areas where those displaced by the fire are congregating.

Camps at Cox’s Bazar currently shelter over 870,000 Rohingya refugees. The vast majority, some 720,000, arrived in 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

UNHCR’s 2021 appeal for Rohingya response totaling USD 294.5 million is currently only 16 per cent funded. The effects of Monday’s lethal and destructive blaze will only exacerbate critical needs and further strain already overstretched resources. UNHCR appealed for urgent mobilization of government and private sector donors. The Agency said their timely contributions are critical for the ongoing humanitarian response and UNHCR’s capacity to protect and assist both the Rohingya refugees and their Bangladeshi hosts.
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