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Four Rohingya killed in Bangladesh camp fire

AFP  |  Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) 

A Rohingya woman and three children perished when a fire gutted their shelter in a UN camp in Bangladesh, authorities said today.

Police and a said a candle sparked the fire late yesterday at a UN-run transit camp for refugees in Ghumdum border village.

"Seven people were severely burnt. They were shifted to a field hospital where two people died last night and another two died this morning (today)," Ikram Elahi Chowdhury, a of the Society, told AFP.

The victims had only arrived from in the past week and were waiting at the transit centre to be shifted to a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district.

Joseph Tripura, a for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, said an investigation had been started.

"We are working closely with the Bangladeshi authorities to ascertain how the fire started and how tragedies like this can be prevented in the future," he said in a statement.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have arrived in since August 25 after Myanmar's security forces launched what the UN and US officials have called ethnic cleansing in the country's

Many refugees start at transit centres set up along the Bangladesh-border before they are brought to the main refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

Aid workers have warned that flimsy tents and bamboo and tarpaulin shelters set up to house the refugees are potential fire traps.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 22:20 IST