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WHO Situation Report #1 - 22 March 2021 Fire Incident Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Camps (23 March 2021)



  • Preliminary numbers indicate that eleven people have lost their lives. It is estimated that 560 others were injured following the fires yesterday.

  • Health facility data collected from 25 nearby health care facilities and Mobile Medical Teams (MMTs) confirms they have treated or referred around 400 patients. The vast majority are mild injuries including superficial burns. A few severe cases have been referred to and managed at the 250 Bed District Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, which has Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity, and to other sub district facilities.

  • Detailed information on number of cases, types and extend of injuries treated at health facilities is being compiled by WHO and will be reported shortly.

  • At least six health facilities have been reported as damaged or destroyed by the fire: one secondary health facility (field hospital), one specialized clinic, one primary health care (PHC) facility, and one health post (HP) were destroyed while another PHC and HP were partially damaged. WHO will assess the full extent of the damages in the coming days.

  • The Turkish Field Hospital, a key referral facility in the camps, which is also housing a WHO container for emergency preparedness and response stockpiling, has been destroyed.

  • Up to 10 000 Rohingya refugee families (more than 45 000 persons) have been displaced following the fire incident. This figure could increase in the coming days as assessment efforts continue.

  • Around 10 000 shelters were either damaged or destroyed.